One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of a pair of bones forming the two sides of the pelvis.
- ‘The pubis carries the symphysis pubis, which is a joint connecting the right and left coxal bones.’
- ‘The pelvic diaphragm is a sheet of muscles that run from the anterior pelvis at the posterior surface of the symphysis pubis to the ischial spine and coccyx.’
- ‘All attach to your pubis bone and insert on your femur (thighbone).’
- ‘The remainder of the ischium, joins with the pubis to form the obturator foramen.’
- ‘Soft tissue is elevated from the pubis, and the periosteum is incised.’
Late 16th century: from Latin os pubis ‘bone of the pubes’.
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