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Bony pelvis

Learning objectives

After completing this study unit you will be able to:

1. Identify the parts and functions of the bony pelvis.
2. Understand the anatomy and function of the complex hip bone.
3. Name key facts about the sacrum and coccyx.

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The bony pelvis is a complex basin-shaped structure that comprises the skeletal framework of the pelvic region and houses the pelvic organs. It consists of the hip bone and the sacrum, which are connected via the sacroiliac joint.

This video tutorial will present you with the anatomy and function of the bony pelvis.

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Key points about the bony pelvis
Bones Hip bone: Ilium, ischium, pubis
Hip bone Acetabulum, ischiopubic ramus, obturator foramen, greater sciatic notch, greater sciatic foramen
Ilium Body of ilium, ala, gluteal surface, sacropelvic surface
Ischium Body of ischium, ramus of ischium, ischial spine, lesser sciatic notch, lesser sciatic foramen
Pubis Body of pubis, superior pubic ramus, inferior pubic ramus
Sacrum Base of sacrum, apex of sacrum, lateral part, pelvic surface, dorsal surface
Coccyx Base of coccyx, coccygeal horn, apex of coccyx
Joints Sacroiliac joint, pubic symphysis, lumbosacral joint, sacrococcygeal symphysis, hip joint

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