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    Anatomy of the Male and Female Pelvis

    The pelvis is a basin-shaped structure that supports the spinal column and protects the abdominal organs. It contains the following:

    • Sacrum. A spade-shaped bone that is formed by the fusion of 5 originally separate sacral vertebrae.

    • Coccyx (also called the tail bone). Formed by the fusion of 4 originally separate coccygeal bones.

    • Three bones:

      • Ilium. The broad, flaring portion of the hipbone (the crest of the pelvis).

      • Pubis. The lower, posterior part of the hipbone.

      • Ischium. One of the bones that helps form the hip.

    Anatomy of the female pelvis
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    Anatomy of the male pelvis
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    Online Medical Reviewer: Goode, Paula, RN, BSN, MSN
    Online Medical Reviewer: Joseph, Thomas, N., MD
    Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2018
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