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Hip anatomy. Computer artwork of the head of the left femur (centre right) articulating with the left-hand side of the pelvis to form the hip joint. The bones of the left side of the pelvis are semi-transparent here to show details of the head of the femur. The femoral head and pelvic socket include hyaline cartilage (white) and synovial membrane (white) and fluid. Both cartilage and fluid help to lubricate the joint. At the centre of femoral head is its ligament (ligamentum capitis femoris, fibrous white). The pelvic girdle is at lower centre and the coccyx (tailbone of the spine) is at upper left.
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