What are pelvis?

  • (noun): The structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates.
    Synonyms: pelvic girdle, pelvic arch, hip
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The pelvis, or pelvic bone, derived from the Latin word for 'basin', is an anatomical structure found in most vertebrates. It is the name given to both a bony structure or pelvic girdle connecting the base of the spine to the rear limbs, and the region of the body defined by that structure. The muscles and tissue beneath the pelvic girdle are known as the pelvic floor. The rounded epiphysis of the femur called the Head articulates with the pelvic bone at the Hip Joint at the acetabulum.

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List Of Muscles Of The Human Body/version 2 - Muscles of Torso - Pelvis
... ligament sacral nerves S4, S5 or S3-S4 closing in the back part of the outlet of the pelvis ...
Pelvic Cavity - Borders - Lesser Pelvis
... The lesser pelvis (or "true pelvis") is the space enclosed by the pelvic girdle and below the pelvic brim between the pelvic inlet and the pelvic floor ... as the larger space including the greater pelvis, just above the pelvic inlet ... The lesser pelvis is bounded in front and below by the pubic symphysis and the superior rami of the pubes above and behind, by the sacrum and coccyx and laterally, by a broad, smooth, quadrangular area ...
Pelvic Fracture - Pathophysiology
... The bony pelvis consists of the ilium (i.e ... When it comes to the stability and the structure of the pelvis, or pelvic girdle, understanding its function as support for the trunk and legs helps to recognize the effect a pelvic fracture has on someone ... This requires the pelvis to be strong enough to withstand pressure and energy ...
Pelvis - Evolutionary History - Evolution in Primates
... In primates the pelvis consists of four parts, the left and the right hip bones which meet in the midline ventrally and are fixed to the sacrum dorsally and the cocyx ... The most striking feature of the evolution of Pelvis in primates is the wideneing and the shortening of the blade called illium ...
Shoulder Presentation - Frequency and Causes
... the buttocks start to enter the upper part of the pelvis anchoring the fetus in a longitudinal lie ... why the longitudinal lie is not reached, but possible causes include bony abnormalities of the pelvis, uterine abnormalities such as malformations or ...

More definitions of "pelvis":

  • (noun): A structure shaped like a funnel in the outlet of the kidney into which urine is discharged before passing into the ureter.
    Synonyms: renal pelvis