Definition of Pelvis

1. Noun. The structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates.

2. Noun. A structure shaped like a funnel in the outlet of the kidney into which urine is discharged before passing into the ureter.
Exact synonyms: Renal Pelvis
Generic synonyms: Bodily Cavity, Cavity, Cavum
Group relationships: Kidney

Definition of Pelvis

1. n. The pelvic arch, or the pelvic arch together with the sacrum. See Pelvic arch, under Pelvic, and Sacrum.

Definition of Pelvis

1. Noun. The large compound bone structure at the base of the spine that supports the legs. It consists of hip bone, sacrum and coccyx. ¹

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Definition of Pelvis

1. a part of the skeleton [n -VES or -VISES]

Medical Definition of Pelvis

1. The pelvis is a basin shaped cavity bordered by the pelvic girdle and sacrum, containing and protecting the bladder, rectum and reproductive organs. Pelvic, as pertains to the pelvis. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pelvis

pelvirectal sphincter
pelvis (current term)
pelvis justo major
pelvis justo minor
pelvis major
pelvis minor
pelvis nana
pelvis obtecta
pelvis of gallbladder
pelvis plana
pelvis renalis
pelvis spuria
pelvis vera

Literary usage of Pelvis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"There is arrest of development in the bones of the pelvis in cases of extroversion of the bladder; the anterior part of the pelvic girdle ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1893)
"The true conjugate was barely three inches; the head presented, but could not enter the pelvis. The operation was performed under antiseptic precautions, ..."

3. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1868)
"This name has been given to different instrument«, invented for measuring the diameter» of the pelvis, and particularly the »n- tero-posterior or ..."

4. Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1891)
"Let us take the pelvis of Sphenodon as a type of reptilian pelvis, and see in what relations the pelvis of the Testudinata and other vertebrates stands. ..."

5. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"Through the canal the obturator vessels and nerve pass out of the pelvis. Structure. ... The pelvis. The pelvis, so called from its resemblance to a basin, ..."

6. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1915)
"in foundry—pelvis fractured, at end of 1 year plaintiff unable to do any work and extent of recovery in doubt, Waligora v. St. Paul Foundry Co. 107 Minn. ..."

7. Obstetrics: a text-book for the use of students and practitioners by John Whitridge Williams (1904)
"The distortion of the pelvis will vary according as the kyphosis or the ... When the former is more pronounced, the pelvis will partake of the kyphotic ..."

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