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Hip anatomy. Computer artwork of a profile view of the hips. The large ear-shaped hip bone is formed from three fused bones, the ilium, ischium and pubis. It articulates with the head of the femur (thigh bone) to form the hip joint. The surfaces of the joints are covered in a form of hyaline cartilage called articular cartilage (white) that protects the bone surface from wear and tear. At right are the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone).
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