|—n , pl -vises, -ves|
|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|
|3.||any anatomical cavity or structure shaped like a funnel or cup|
|4.||short for renal pelvis|
|[C17: from Latin: basin, laver]|
pelvis pel·vis (pěl'vĭs)
n. pl. pel·vis·es or pel·ves (-vēz)
A basin-shaped structure of the vertebrate skeleton, composed of the innominate bones on the sides, the pubis in front, and the sacrum and coccyx behind, that rests on the lower limbs and supports the spinal column.
The cavity formed by this structure.
A basinlike or cup-shaped anatomical cavity.
|pelvis (pěl'vĭs) Pronunciation Key
Plural pelvises or pelves (pěl'vēz)
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.
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.