[ pyoo-bis ]

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.

Origin of pubis

1590–1600; short for New Latin os pūbis bone of the pubes1

Other words from pubis

  • pre·pu·bis, noun, plural pre·pu·bes.

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How to use pubis in a sentence

  • The itch-mite (Acarus scabiei) and the louse (Pediculus capitis, corporis, vel pubis) are the more common members of the group.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • pubis, pū′bis, n. a bone of the pelvis which in man forms the anterior portion of the os innominatum.

  • In the pelvic girdle the ilium corresponds to the scapula, the ischium to the coracoid, the pubis to the clavicle.

    Form and Function | E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • They are unknown in any other existing animals, unless present in Crocodiles, in which ischium and pubis are always undivided.

    Dragons of the Air | H. G. Seeley
  • There is some difference in the pubis and ischium which is more conspicuous in form than in direction of the bones.

    Dragons of the Air | H. G. Seeley

British Dictionary definitions for pubis


/ (ˈpjuːbɪs) /

nounplural -bes (-biːz)
  1. one of the three sections of the hipbone that forms part of the pelvis

Origin of pubis

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for pubis


[ pyōōbĭs ]

Plural pubes (pyōōbēz)
  1. The forwardmost of the three bones that fuse together to form each of the hipbones. See more at skeleton.

Other words from pubis

  • pubic adjective

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