abdomen meaning

[ 'æbdəmən; æb'dəumən ] Pronunciation:   "abdomen" in a sentence
  • Noun: abdomen  abdumun
    1. The region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
      - venter, stomach, belly
    2. The cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm
      - abdominal cavity

    Derived forms: abdomens

    See also: abdominal, abdominovesical

    Type of: bodily cavity, body part, cavity, cavum

    Part of: body, torso, trunk

    Encyclopedia: Abdomen

  • [Medicine]
    That portion of the body that lies between the THORAX and the PELVIS. n
    a : the part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis with the exception of the back —called also belly
    b : the cavity of this part of the trunk lined by the peritoneum, enclosed by the body walls, the diaphragm, and the pelvic floor, and containing the visceral organs (as the stomach, intestines, and liver)
    c : the portion of this cavity between the diaphragm and the brim of the pelvis —compare PELVIC CAVITY
    2 : the posterior often elongated region of the body behind the thorax in arthropods


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  1. percussion of the abdomen is often omitted.
  2. blunt force is applied to the abdomen.
  3. the abdomen is diffusely tender.
  4. the abdomen is supple without masses or organomegaly.
  5. the gut returns to the abdomen from the base of the umbilical cord.

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