Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 3 Names by which the Parts and Surfaces of Bones are Identified

Kotu/lh, o)cu/bafon: acetabulum, socket, etc.

Kotu/lh, kotulhdw/n, and o)cu/bafon are terms which in their description of bones the Latin authors translate acetabulum, acceptabulum, commonly pyxis, and sometimes buccella (we are applying here no standard of measurement). 59 By these names they identify the cavities which descend deeper and are hollowed out further to receive the heads of bones. Sockets or acetabula of this sort are seen in the hip bone [os coxae], where the head of the femur is admitted [fossa acetabuli] (n in figure D); also in the navicular bone [facies articularis] (k in figure 11, Chapter 33), where the head of the talus enters. Nowhere in the body are there cavities [facies articulares] deeper than these into which the heads of bones are fitted. But I believe the first professors of dissection applied this name not only to obviously deep cavities, but also every cavity receiving the head of a bone, provided somebody affirmed at first glance that there was such a cavity.



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 3 Names by which the Parts and Surfaces of Bones are Identified