• One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered
    One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pelvis a structure shaped like a funnel in the outlet of the kidney into which urine is discharged before passing into the ureter
    • n pelvis the structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Russian I.M. Chisov survived a 21,980 plunge out of a plane with no parachute. He landed on the steep side of a snow-covered mountain with only a fractured pelvis and slight concussion
    • Pelvis (Zoöl) The calyx of a crinoid.
    • Pelvis (Anat) The pelvic arch, or the pelvic arch together with the sacrum. See Pelvic arch, under Pelvic, and Sacrum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pelvis A bony basin forming the most inferior of posterior one of the three great cavities—thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic—of the trunk of most terrestrial vertebrates. A perfect pelvis is formed on each side by the haunch-bones, consisting of ilium, ischium, and pubis, meeting in front at the pubic symphysis, and completed behind by the sacrum, with which the iliac bones articulate, and by more or fewer coccygeal or caudal vertebræ. But the pubic symphysis is wanting, as a rule, in animals below mammals; there is sometimes an ischiac and often an iliac symphysis. In any case, a recognizable ilium or ischium or pubis, however rudimentary, constitutes in so far a pelvis. The human pelvis is complete, and of normal composition, but remarkable for its shortness, width, axial curvature, and obliquity with reference to the long axis of the body. A perpendicular to the plane of the inlet would leave the abdomen at the umbilicus, and a perpendicular to the plane of the outlet would strike the promontory of the sacrum. The pelvis is divided into true and false—the latter being that part which is above the iliopectineal line, the former below the same line, which thus represents, in part, the brim or superior strait of the true pelvis. The false pelvis is broad and shallow, composed, as far as bone is concerned, chiefly by the flaring iliac fossæ, its front wall being made by the lower part of the abdominal parietes; and in the erect attitude the mass of abdominal viscera rests largely upon this part of the basin. The true pelvis is more contracted, and chiefly the basin. The true pelvis is more contracted, and chiefly bony as to its walls. Its inlet or superior plane, cordiform in shape, is circumscribed by the pelvic brim, which is formed by the iliopectineal crest, completed in front by the spine and crest of the pubes, and behind by the curved ridge and promontory of the sacrum. The lower plane, or outlet, known also as the inferior strait, is bounded by a very irregular line of bone, the point of the coccyx being in the middle line behind, and the tuberosity of the ischium on each side; between which three points the bony outlet is deeply emarginated behind, on each side, by the great sacrosciatic notch, and in front by the arch of the pubes, formed by the conjoined rami of the pubes and ischia. In life these notches are largely filled in by ligaments (the greater and lesser sacrosciatic ligaments on each side, and the traingular or infrapublic ligament in front). The obturator membrane also closes in what would otherwise be a large vacuity on each side, the obturator foramen. The inlet of the pelvis is not closed by any structure; but. the outlet is floored by the levator ani muscle, the skin of the perineum, and associated soft parts. The pelvic cavity contains the lower bowel and most of the organs of generation. After puberty the male and female pelves differ usually to a recognizable extent in size and shape; that of the male being more massive and contracted, that of the female lighter and more expansive. See also cuts under Catarrhina, Dromæus, Elephantinæ; Equidæ, innominatum, ligament, Or-nithoscelida, ox, quarter, and sacrarium.
    • n pelvis Hence Some pelviform structure or cuplike part. The infundibuliform beginning of the ureter, constituting the principal cavity of the kidney, into which the pyramids project and the urine flows. See cut under kidney
    • n pelvis [capitalized] A genus of mollusks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pelvis pel′vis the bony cavity at the lower end of the trunk, forming the lower part of the abdomen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a basin, laver; cf. Gr. , , bowl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pelvis, a basin.


In literature:

As the pelvis widens gradually in the advance to adult age, Fig.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
The rudimentary bones of the pelvis are shown on a larger scale in the upper drawing.
"Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)" by George John Romanes
From its flattened pelvis that seemed like some evil bat stretched in flight, protruded a huge phallus.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
Thus, in woman the pelvis is wider and shallower than in man.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
The force may act in the transverse axis of the pelvis, or in its antero-posterior axis.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
PELVIS, characters of, in rabbits, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
"Treatise on the Diseases of Women" by Lydia E. Pinkham
When the hind legs are cut free, peel around back of pelvis, loosening skin to base of tail.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Man is in the average larger, broader in the shoulders and more robust; his skeleton is more solid but his pelvis narrower.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The rent in the peritoneum is situated at the upper and front part of the pelvis, nearer to the sacrum than the pubes.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture

In poetry:

Girl, hey, girl, we repose in an abyss.
The base of a skull, a rib, a pelvis,
Is it you? me? We are more than this.
No clock counts hours and years for us.
"Lake" by Czeslaw Milosz

In news:

Computed tomography (CT) has not been used routinely to evaluate penetrating injuries to the thoraco-abdominal region, abdomen proper, or pelvis.
Collins may also have suffered a broken pelvis, police said.
Undetected post-traumatic pseudoaneurysm of the pelvis.
A 30-year-old man presented to the trauma center with a gunshot wound to the pelvis and left upper thigh.
A 10-year-old Rockford girl is being treated for a fractured pelvis after being struck by a car on Alpine Road Thursday evening.
Because they don't walk, the pelvis bone has shrunken considerably.
8-year-old suffers broken pelvis after being run over by parade float.
When these muscles are weak, your pelvis is not as stable – forcing other muscles and joints to kick in to do the work.
Woman has broken wrist, multiple fractures to pelvis after Bodo crash.
8-year-old suffers broken pelvis after being run over by parade float .
She had suffered a brain injury and a fractured leg and pelvis when she was hit by a car.
My mother was in a rehabilitation center with a broken pelvis.
He DID brake his pelvis, both legs, plus a few of his vertebrae.
The Pus in Hugo Chavez's Pelvis Isn't Stopping Him From Tweeting.
Warm-up: Lie on your back to be sure that the back side of the pelvis has a full range of movement.