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umbilicus

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noun um·bi·li·cus \ˌəm-ˈbi-li-kəs, ˌəm-bə-ˈlī-\

Definition of umbilicus

plural umbilici play \ˌəm-ˈbi-li-ˌkī, -ˌkē; ˌəm-bə-ˈlī-ˌkī, -ˌsī\ or umbilicuses

  1. 1 a :  navel 1 b :  any of several morphological depressions; especially :  hilum 1

  2. 2 :  a central point :  core, heart



Origin of umbilicus

Latin — more at navel


First Known Use: 1799


Medical Dictionary

umbilicus

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noun um·bi·li·cus \ˌəm-ˈbil-i-kəs, ˌəm-bə-ˈlī-\

Medical Definition of umbilicus

plural umbilici \ˌəm-ˈbil-ə-ˌkī, -ˌkē; ˌəm-bə-ˈlī-ˌkī, -ˌsī\play play or umbilicuses

  1. :  navel




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