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noun, plural pu·bes [pyoo-beez] /ˈpyu biz/. Anatomy.
  1. that part of either innominate bone that, with the corresponding part of the other, forms the front of the pelvis.
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Origin of pubis

1590–1600; short for New Latin os pūbis bone of the pubes1
Related formspre·pu·bis, noun, plural pre·pu·bes.
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Examples from the Web for pubis

Historical Examples

  • It may lie above the pubis in the anterior wall of the bladder.

    A Manual of the Operations of Surgery

    Joseph Bell

  • The symphysis is rather short and formed by the pubis alone.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The pubis probably corresponds with the pre-pubis of Dinosaurs.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The pubis is slender, and the ischium is elevated and robust.

  • The bones of the pubis do not join, and the young when produced are large.

British Dictionary definitions for pubis


noun plural -bes (-biːz)
  1. one of the three sections of the hipbone that forms part of the pelvis
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Word Origin

C16: shortened from New Latin os pūbis bone of the pubes
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pubis in Medicine


n. pl. pu•bes (-bēz)
  1. pubic bone
  2. The hair of the pubic region just above the external genitals.
  3. A pubic hair.
  4. mons pubis

pubis in Science


Related formspubic adjective
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