Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The forward portion of either of the hipbones, at the juncture forming the front arch of the pelvis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anatomy and zoology, a pubic bone, or bone of the pubes (os pubis); a distal inferior and anterior division of the pelvic arch, forming a part of the os innominatum or haunch-bone by ankylosis at the acetabulum with the ilium and ischium, and often, as in man and most mammals, united also with the ischium to circumscribe the obturator foramen, and, with its fellow of the opposite side, forming the pubic symphysis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) The ventral and anterior of the three principal bones composing either half of the pelvis; sharebone; pubic bone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the pubic bone; the part of the hipbone forming the front arch of the pelvis

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun one of the three sections of the hipbone; together these two bones form the front of the pelvis

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for New Latin (os) pūbis, (bone) of the groin, from genitive of Latin pūbēs, groin.]

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Genitive of Latin pubes ("pubes"); see pubes.

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