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1Palaeontology. The anterior ramus of the pubis, especially in ornithischian dinosaurs.
2Zoology. In non-placental mammals and some amphibians and reptiles: a cartilage or bone anterior to the pubis.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in George Rolleston (1829–1881), physician and physiologist. From pre- + pubis.
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