Ilium: The upper part of the bony pelvis which forms the receptacle for the head of the femur at the hip joint. The word "ilium" is the Medieval Latin term for the hip bone. The adjective is iliac.
"Ilium" is not to be confused with the ileum, the lowest part of the small intestine, located beyond the duodenum and jejunum, just before the large intestine (the colon).
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Definition of ILIUM: the broad, dorsal, upper, and largest of the three principal bones composing either half of the pelvis . See ilium defined for kids Â»
noun, plural ilÂ·iÂ·a . Anatomy . the broad, upper portion of either hipbone. Origin: 1705â€“1710; < Neo-Latin, special use of Medieval Latin Ä«lium, as singular of ...
ilium /ilÂ·iÂ·um/ (ilÂ´e-um) pl. iÂ´lia [L.] the expansive superior portion of the hip bone (os coxae); it is a separate bone in early life. ilÂ·iÂ·um (l-m)
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