Definition of pelvis in English:

pelvis

Syllabification: pel·vis
Pronunciation: /ˈpelvis
 
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noun (plural pelvises or pelves /-vēz/)

  • 1The large bony structure near the base of the spine to which the hind limbs or legs are attached in humans and many other vertebrates.
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    • He lived only ten weeks after his diagnosis, the disease having already metastasized to his spine and bony pelvis, femur, skull, and tibia.
    • Since the two iliac bones are bound strongly together at the centre front, the bony pelvis (sacrum and iliac bones) can only be tilted as a whole by movement at the hip joints and by bending the spine.
    • Laterally, anteriorly and posteriorly the pelvis is bony and significant support is provided through ligaments.
  • 1.1The part of the abdomen including or enclosed by the pelvis.
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    • They are usually found in groups in different places throughout the body, including the neck, armpit, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and groin.
    • Several surgical procedures of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, back, and limbs are described.
    • A computed tomographic scan of the abdomen and the pelvis showed subtle lymph node enlargement in the retroperitoneum.
  • In humans the pelvis, connected to the base of the spine, forms a basin-shaped hollow frame at the hips, partly supporting the internal organs and providing attachment for the bones and muscles of the legs

  • 2 (also renal pelvis) The broadened top part of the ureter into which the kidney tubules drain.
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    • The nephrectomy specimen revealed a dilated renal pelvis and ureter.
    • Abdominal magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography identified a large mass in the left kidney and numerous obstructing blood clots in the left renal pelvis, left ureter, and urinary bladder.
    • An atypical hydronephrotic type may have isolated ureteral atresia with multiple cysts communicating with a dilated renal pelvis with dysplastic renal tissue forming trabeculae between the cysts.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin, literally 'basin'.

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