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Definition of the noun acetabulum

What does acetabulum mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: acetabulums

  1. the cup-shaped hollow in the hipbone into which the head of the femur fits to form a ball-and-socket joint

Alternative definition of the noun acetabulum


  1. [context: Roman Antiquities] a vinegar cup;
  2. [context: Roman Antiquities] the socket of the hipbone;
  3. [context: Roman Antiquities] a measure of about one eighth of a pint
  4. [anatomy] The bony cup which receives the head of the thigh bone.
  5. [anatomy] The cavity in which the leg of an insect is inserted at its articulation with the body.
  6. [anatomy] A sucker of the sepia or cuttlefish and related animals.
  7. [anatomy] The large posterior sucker of the leeches.
  8. [anatomy] One of the lobes of the placenta in ruminating animals.


  1. Acetabulum: In Ancient Roman measurement, the acetabulum was a measure of volume equivalent to the Greek ὀξύβαφον. It was one-fourth of the hemina and therefore one-eighth of the sextarius. It contained the weight in water of fifteen Attic drachmae.
  2. Acetabulum in invertebrate zoology is a saucer-shaped organ of attachment in some annelid worms and flatworms. It is a specialised sucker for parasitic adaptation in trematodes by which the worms are able to attach on the host. In annelids, it is basically a locomotory organ for attaching to a substratum. The name also applies to the suction appendage on the arms of cephalopod molluscs such as squid, octopus, cuttlefish, Nautilus, etc.
  3. Acetabulum: In ancient dining, an acetabulum was a vinegar-cup, which, from the fondness of the Greeks and Romans for vinegar, was probably always placed on the table at meals to dip the food in before eating it. The vessel was wide and open above; and the name was also given to all cups resembling it in size and form, to whatever use they might be applied. The cups used by jugglers in their performances were also called by this name. They were commonly of earthenware, but sometimes of glass, silver, bronze, or gold. In anatomy, because of its shape, the acetabulum is the place of pelvis that meets with the head of the femur, forming the hip joint.

Phrases with Acetabulum

  1. Dosinia Acetabulum Thori
  2. Genus Acetabulum
  3. Allium acetabulum
  4. Aleuria Acetabulum
  5. Dosinia Acetabulum
  6. helvella acetabulum
  7. Sphaeria Acetabulum
  8. Laestadia Acetabulum
  9. Madrepora acetabulum
  10. Megyathus Acetabulum
  11. Sphaerulina Acetabulum
  12. Acetabularia acetabulum
  13. Lepanthopsis Acetabulum
  14. Meganodontia Acetabulum
  15. Pleurosticta Acetabulum
  16. species Allium acetabulum
  17. Species Aleuria Acetabulum
  18. Species Dosinia Acetabulum
  19. Species Sphaeria Acetabulum
  20. species Madrepora acetabulum

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Google previewAnatomy (1893)

A Manual for Students and Practitioners by Fred John Brockway, Andrew O'Malley

Just above the acetabulum is an elongated mark for the reflected head of the rectus femoris. The internal surface is divided into two parts: the anterior part is the iliac fossa or venter ilii. To the inner side of the anterior inferior spine is a shallow ...

Google previewHereditary Bone and Joint Diseases in the Dog (2000)

Osteochondroses, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia by Joe P. Morgan, Alida Wind, Autumn P. Davidson

Acetabulum The normal acetabulum is a deep, cup-shaped depression in the pelvis with a prominent dorsocranial rim (margin) and forms from the union of 4 bones: (1) the ilium cranially, (2) the ischium caudally, (3) the small acetabular bone ...

Google previewFractures of the Pelvis and Acetabulum (2003)

by Marvin Tile, David Helfet, James Kellam

The acetabulum is the one location that presents a more complex management problem. Pathologic fractures owing to osteoporosis can occur in this area, and management is reflected by the extent of associated bone insufficiency. This factor ...

Google previewMagnetic Resonance Imaging in Orthopedic Sports Medicine (2008)

by Robert Pedowitz, Christine B. Chung, Donald Resnick

The acetabulum is a spherical structure with an inferiorly oriented opening, the acetabular notch. The articular cartilage of the acetabular surface has an invertedhorseshoe configuration and resides at the outer margin of the joint. The central ...

Google previewMinor Injuries (2010)

A Clinical Guide for Nurses by Dennis Purcell

The place where the three bones of the innominate meet and fuse is called the acetabulum. The acetabulum is the socket which articulates with ...

Google previewForensic Anthropology (2017)

A Comprehensive Introduction, Second Edition by Natalie R. Langley, MariaTeresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant

The acetabulum is the round socket on the lateral ...

Google previewAdvanced Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured (2011)

by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS),, Rhonda Beck

The acetabulum is the socket of the ball-and-socket joint that connects the pelvic girdle with the Pelvis Greater trochanter Femoral head Figure 5-29 Lesser trochanter Femur. Figure 5-27 Inferior vena cava Descending aorta Iliac crest Ilium ...

Google previewHip and Pelvis Injuries in Sports Medicine (2012)

by Carlos A. Guanche

The acetabulum is a confluence of the ilium, superiorly; the ischium, laterally ...

Google previewNurse Anesthesia (2009)

by John J. Nagelhout, Karen Plaus

The acetabulum is a part of the pelvic girdle, also one of the erythrocyte-production areas, and is richly vascular ...

Google previewLexicon Orthopaedic Etymology (1999)

by Diab

The acetabulum was used as a liquid measure by ancient Roman physicians, having a capacity of approximately 8 fluid ounces. It was larger than Greek kox Atag: “snail's shell,” whence cochle- (q.v.). Acetabulum resembles Latin cupa, ...

Google previewLippincott's New Medical Dictionary (1910)

A Vocabulary of the Terms Used in Medicine, and the Allied Sciences, with Their Pronunciation, Etymology, and Signification, Including Much Collateral Information of a Descriptive and Encyclopedic Character by Henry Ware Cattell

The acetabulum. [< kotv'ai) a hollow.] ...

Google previewThe Cyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature (1819)

by Abraham Rees

ACETABULUM, in Antiquity, a little vase or cup, used ...

Google previewChambers's New Handy Volume American Encyclopaedia (1883)

Being a Reprint Entire of the Last Edinburgh and London Edition of Chambers's Encyclopaedia. A Library of Universal Knowledge for the People. With Very Large Additions Upon Topics of Special Interest to American Readers; and Giving American Statistics of Population Down to the Census of 1880

One convincing experiment is easily repeated — that, namely, of holding up a side of tiie pelvis with its appended lower extremity, the joint not having been opened, and then boring a hole thnmgh the acetabulum, so as to admit air into the joint ...

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Pleurosticta acetabulum

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Small photo of Soft and blurry image X-ray Both Hips .Showing Pop corn osteolytic lesion left acetabulum and inferior pubic rami with narrow left hip joint space and protusion acetabulum. More...

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