British pronunciation/pˈɛlvɪs/
American pronunciation/ˈpɛɫvəs/

(anatomy) the large round bone structure that the limbs and the spine are joined to, which also protects the abdominal organs

What is "pelvis"?


The pelvis refers to the bony structure located at the base of the spine, between the abdomen and the lower limbs. It consists of the sacrum, coccyx, and two hip bones, which fuse together to form a sturdy basin-like structure. The pelvis provides support and stability to the spinal column and acts as a foundation for the weight-bearing structures of the body. It protects internal organs within the pelvic cavity, such as the bladder, reproductive organs, and part of the digestive system. The pelvis also serves as a crucial attachment site for various muscles involved in movement, particularly those related to the hips and thighs. Its structure and function are essential for proper posture, locomotion, and reproductive processes.


a structure shaped like a funnel in the outlet of the kidney into which urine is discharged before passing into the ureter

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