A deep socket on the outer surface of the pelvis
(hip bone) into which the almost spherical head of the femur
(thigh bone) fits forming the hip joint.
| Image credit: Memorial University
The acetabulum is the point where the three components of the pelvis (ilium,
ischium, and pubis)
meet. The upper part and sides of the acetabulum form the horseshoe-shaped
articular surface known as the lunate surface (clearly
visible in the illustration). The inferior margin is deficient and is marked
by the acetabular notch. The floor of the acetabulum is
nonarticular and is called the acetabular fossa.