[ pel-vis ]
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noun,plural pel·vis·es, pel·ves [pel-veez]. /ˈpɛl viz/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. the basinlike cavity in the lower part of the trunk of many vertebrates, formed in humans by the innominate bones, sacrum, etc.

  2. the bones forming this cavity.

  1. the cavity of the kidney that receives the urine before it is passed into the ureter.

Origin of pelvis

1605–15; <New Latin; Latin: basin; akin to Greek pellís bowl

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How to use pelvis in a sentence

  • In the lower monkeys and the lemurs, the bones of the pelvis are altogether quadrupedal in character.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • Almost every muscle from the base of the skull to the brim of the pelvis is directly concerned in respiration.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
  • In the girl, the breasts and the pelvis assume the adult female type, and ovulation and menstruation begin.

  • A wrapped stove lid or a hot-water bottle is placed over the pelvis and one under the back.

    The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
  • This is a very certain indication, as it arises from temporary distensions of the pelvis, which nothing else can occasion.

British Dictionary definitions for pelvis


/ (ˈpɛlvɪs) /

nounplural -vises or -ves (-viːz)
  1. the large funnel-shaped structure at the lower end of the trunk of most vertebrates: in man it is formed by the hipbones and sacrum

  2. the bones that form this structure

  1. any anatomical cavity or structure shaped like a funnel or cup

  2. short for renal pelvis

Origin of pelvis

C17: from Latin: basin, laver

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Scientific definitions for pelvis


[ pĕlvĭs ]

Plural pelvises pelves (pĕlvēz)
  1. The basin-shaped structure in vertebrate animals that joins the spine and lower or hind limbs. In primates, the pelvis is composed of the two hipbones joined to the sacrum. It contains, protects, and supports the intestines, bladder, and internal reproductive organs.

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Cultural definitions for pelvis


The bowl-shaped group of bones connecting the trunk of the body to the legs and supporting the spine. The pelvis includes the hip bones and the lower part of the backbone.

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