• WordNet 3.6
    • n ilium the upper and widest of the three bones making up the hipbone
    • n Ilium an ancient city in Asia Minor that was the site of the Trojan War
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ilium (Anat) The dorsal one of the three principal bones comprising either lateral half of the pelvis; the dorsal or upper part of the hip bone. See Innominate bone, under Innominate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Ilium In anatomy, the anterior or superior bone of the pelvic arch, commonly ankylosed with the ischium and pubis at the acetabulum, and then forming a part of the os innominatum or haunch-bone, and effecting the principal or only articulation of the pelvic arch with the vertebral column, especially with the sacrum. The ilium is present in the great majority of vertebrates above the fishes; it is sometimes entirely free from the vertebral column. It is primitively a prismatic cartilaginous rod, which ultimately becomes, as a rule, the most expanded part of the haunch-bone, as in man. It frequently ankyloses with some of the ribs as well as with vertebræ, as in many Sauropsida. The shape and relative position of the human ilium are highly exceptional, in comparison with those of other vertebrates. See cuts under Dromæus, Ichthyosauria, innominatum, and skeleton.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ilium the upper part of the hip-bone:—pl. Il′ia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Ileum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., through a Low L. iliacusilia, the flanks, the groin.


In literature:

I never saw a case of stellate fracture, and by this my experience in the case of the ilium was confirmed.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Paris is vanquished, but is brought back safe to Ilium by Venus, who appeases the anger of Helen.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Is this the face that launched a thousand ships And stormed the topmost towers of Ilium?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 15, 1914" by Various
The last counsel prevail'd; for the moment of doom, When the town held the horse, upon Ilium had come.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
The topless towers of Ilium Are ashes.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Thrice blest, and more than thrice, Achaia's sons At Ilium slain for the Atridae' sake!
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
C. The anterior superior spinous process of the ilium.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
The ridges on the ilium are very prominent in most runts.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
Thus he connects himself with the fateful story of Ilium.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Did Helen's breast, though ne'er so soft, Do Greece or Ilium any good?
"Tudor and Stuart Love Songs" by Various

In poetry:

Siege means surrender at the bitter end,
From Ilium downward such the sword-made rule,
With few exceptions, few indeed amend
This law in any school!
"Arms And The Man - The Beginning Of The End" by James Barron Hope
So, on these heights, that flame delights
The Allies thundering at the wall,
Forewrit they see the land set free
And Albion's short-lived Ilium fall!
"Arms And The Man - The Beleaguered Town" by James Barron Hope
In his orb she sees the tower,
Dusk against its flaming rims,
Where of old her wretched limbs
Twisted with the stolen power:
Ilium all the lustre dims!
"Cassandra" by George Meredith
Now, you yourself, Maecenas, are enjoying this beatitude;
If by no brighter beauty Ilium fell, you've cause for gratitude.
A certain Phryne keeps me on the rack with lovers numerous;
This is the artful hussy's neat conception of the humorous!
"A Tardy Apology" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma The anteroposterior radiograph of the pelvis shows a lytic, expansile lesion of the right acetabulum that extends into the ilium and superior pubic ramus with cortical breakthrough of the iliopubic line.
In my first article1 written for Dynamic Chiropractic, I spoke about the AS ilium and its relationship to groin injuries.
The AS ilium fixation is intended to mean that an ilium has rotated anteriorly and superiorly with the PSIS as the point of reference.

In science:

B. altithorax ilium, though not pronounced, extends further ventrally than that of B.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
As with many sauropods, the preacetabular lobe of the ilium f lares laterally.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Hatcher did not state the length of the ilium of CM 94 and did not figure that of CM 84.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs