- The lateral prominence of the pelvis, extending from the waist to the thigh and formed by the iliac crest, the greater trochanter of the femur, and associated soft tissues.
- Less precisely, the proximal parts of the femur, including the head, neck, and greater and lesser trochanters. It is this sense that is meant in the common phrases “hip fracture” and “hip nailing.” [anat. usage note to avoid ambiguity it may be advisable to add a specifying word (hip joint, hip region) or to avoid hip altogether (femoral neck fracture).]
Synonym(s): hip bone