Subpubic angle

Subpubic angle
Subpubic arch (shown in red) of a female pelvis.
Subpubic arch (shown in red) of a male pelvis.
Latin angulus subpubicus

The subpubic angle (or pubic angle) is the angle in the human body formed at pubic arch by the convergence of the inferior rami of the ischium and pubis on either side. The subpubic angle is important in forensic anthropology, in determining the sex of someone from skeletal remains. A subpubic angle of 50-82 degrees indicates a male; an angle of 90 degrees indicates a female.[1] Women have wider hips - a greater subpubic angle - in order to allow for child birth. Other sources operates with 50-60 degrees for males and 70-90 degrees in females.[2]


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