[pel-vis] /ˈpɛl vɪs/
noun, plural pelvises, pelves
[pel-veez] /ˈpɛl viz/ (Show IPA). Anatomy, Zoology.
the basinlike cavity in the lower part of the trunk of many vertebrates, formed in humans by the innominate bones, sacrum, etc.
the bones forming this cavity.
the cavity of the kidney that receives the urine before it is passed into the ureter.
noun (pl) -vises, -ves (-viːz)
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
the bones that form this structure
any anatomical cavity or structure shaped like a funnel or cup
short for renal pelvis
1610s, “basin-like cavity formed by the bones of the pelvic girdle,” from Modern Latin, from Latin pelvis “basin, laver,” Old Latin peluis “basin,” from PIE *pel- “container” (cf. Sanskrit palavi “vessel,” Greek pelex “helmet,” pelike “goblet, bowl,” Old Norse and Old English full “cup”).
pelvis pel·vis (pěl’vĭs)
n. pl. pel·vis·es or pel·ves (-vēz)
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.
- Pelvis justo major
pelvis justo major pelvis jus·to ma·jor (jŭs’tō mā’jər) n. A gynecoid pelvis having greater than normal measurements in all diameters.
- Pelvis justo minor
pelvis justo minor pelvis justo mi·nor (mī’nər) n. A gynecoid pelvis with smaller than normal measurments in all diameters.
- Pelvis major
pelvis major n. See large pelvis.
- Pelvis minor
pelvis minor n. See small pelvis.