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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [as-i-tab-yuh-luh m]
    • /ˌæs ɪˈtæb yə ləm/
    • /ˌæ.sɪˈtæb.jə.ləm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [as-i-tab-yuh-luh m]
    • /ˌæs ɪˈtæb yə ləm/

Definitions of acetabulum word

  • noun acetabulum the deep cuplike cavity on the side of the hipbone that receives the head of the thighbone 3
  • noun acetabulum a round muscular sucker in flatworms, leeches, and cephalopod molluscs 3
  • noun acetabulum the aperture in the thorax of an insect that holds the leg 3
  • noun acetabulum the cup-shaped socket of the hipbone, into which the head of the thighbone fits 3
  • noun acetabulum any suction disc of flukes, leeches, cephalopods, etc. 3
  • noun acetabulum the cavity into which an insect's leg fits 3

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Origin of acetabulum

First appearance:

before 1660
One of the 46% oldest English words
1660-70; < Latin: hip socket, cup-shaped part of a plant (Pliny), literally, small cup, orig. for vinegar, equivalent to acēt(um) vinegar + -ā- by analogy with verbal derivatives (cf. vocable) + -bulum suffix denoting instrument or vessel

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Parts of speech for Acetabulum


acetabulum popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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