Your pelvis is the series of bones at the base of the spine that support your legs. Remember that Elvis had a knack for moving his pelvis, and then you may more easily remember this body part!

In humans, hip bones make up either side of the pelvis, with the sacrum and coccyx bones at the back. This bony pelvis makes it possible for us to walk upright with jointed legs, and it also forms a protective case for the internal organs that sit low in the body. In Latin, pelvis means "basin," from the Greek pelike, "goblet or bowl."

Definitions of pelvis
  1. noun
    the structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates
    synonyms: hip, pelvic arch, pelvic girdle
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    type of:
    an encircling or ringlike structure
  2. 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
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    type of:
    bodily cavity, cavity, cavum
    (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
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