The pelvis is a complex bone located at the bottom of the trunk.
Location of the pelvis
The pelvis is a bone forming the junction between:
- the vertebral column;
- and the femur, where the hip articulates.
Structure of the pelvis
In fact, the pelvis is composed of several bones which once assembled produce a complex funnel shape:
- the sacrum and coccyx, which fix the vertebral column;
- the pubic bones of which there are two, forming arcs of a circle meeting at the pubis;
- the ischia, the pair of bones which lie most posteriorly in the pelvis;
- and the iliac bones which form the two large superior wings of the pelvis.
Function of the pelvis
The pelvis is a bone connecting the trunk and the lower limbs. The ischia femoral joint allows the leg to move. The lesser pelvis, or pelvic cavity, is the place where a newborn baby passes through duringchildbirth. It is therefore wider in women than men.
This pelvis is a group of bones forming a funnel. © d.renard, public domain