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abdomen

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noun ab·do·men \ˈab-də-mən, -ˌdō-; əb-ˈdō-mən, ab-\

Simple Definition of abdomen

  • : the part of the body below the chest that contains the stomach and other organs

  • : the rear part of an insect's body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of abdomen

  1. 1 :  the part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis; also :  the cavity of this part of the trunk containing the chief viscera

  2. 2 :  the posterior section of the body behind the thorax in an arthropod — see insect illustration

abdominal

play \ab-ˈdä-mə-nəl, əb-, -ˈdäm-nəl\ adjective

abdominally

play \-ē\ adverb

Examples of abdomen in a sentence

  1. <showed us a tiny tattoo on her abdomen, right next to her belly button>



Origin and Etymology of abdomen

Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin


First Known Use: 1543


ABDOMEN Defined for Kids

abdomen

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noun ab·do·men \ˈab-də-mən, ab-ˈdō-\

Definition of abdomen for Students

  1. 1 :  the part of the body between the chest and the hips including the cavity containing the stomach and other digestive organs

  2. 2 :  the hind part of the body of an arthropod (as an insect)




Medical Dictionary

abdomen

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noun ab·do·men \ˈab-də-mən, -ˌdō-; əb-ˈdō-mən, ab-\

Medical Definition of abdomen

  1. 1a:  the part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis with the exception of the back—called also bellyb:  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. 2:  the posterior often elongated region of the body behind the thorax in arthropods





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