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[L. acetabulum, a little saucer for vinegar (acetum)]
The cavity or depression on the lateral surface of the innominate bone (hip bone). It is composed of three bones: the ilium, ischium, and pubis; it provides the socket into which the head of the femur fits.
SYN: SEE: cotyloid cavity
acetabular (as″ĕ-tab′yŭ-lăr), adj.


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Venes, Donald, editor. "Acetabulum." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 23rd ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/732796/all/acetabular.
Acetabulum. In: Venes D, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. 23rd ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/732796/all/acetabular. Accessed June 26, 2019.
Acetabulum. (2017). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary. Available from https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/732796/all/acetabular
Acetabulum [Internet]. In: Venes D, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 June 26]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/732796/all/acetabular.
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