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

Definition of abdomen 

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

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Other Words from abdomen

abdominal \ab-​ˈdä-​mə-​nᵊl, əb-​, -​ˈdäm-​nᵊl \ adjective
abdominally \-​ē \ adverb

Synonyms for abdomen


belly, breadbasket [slang], gut, solar plexus, stomach, tummy

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Examples of abdomen in a Sentence

showed us a tiny tattoo on her abdomen, right next to her belly button

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Investigators discovered the girl had bruising on her abdomen, chest, face and head, and her body temperature at the time of death was only 79 degrees. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis mother sentenced in infant daughter's 2013 death," 20 June 2018 Seaman’s mother said in a public Facebook post that Seaman was shot in his abdomen, hip and forearm. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Injured Noblesville teacher thanks students: 'You are the reason I teach'," 25 May 2018 The woman was suffering from a broken arm, stab wounds to her abdomen, marks from being hit with a blunt object, a leg infection and a possible fractured jaw, authorities said. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Springfield Man Faces Judge On New Charges Days After Three Bodies Found At Home," 4 June 2018 Two rounds pierced his skull, one grazed a cheek and others struck his thighs, back, chest, abdomen and hands, according to the autopsy report. James Queally, latimes.com, "San Francisco police officers won't be charged in controversial shooting death of Mario Woods," 24 May 2018 The logo leaves a symbolic tattoo across her abdomen. Coralie Fargeat, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Revenge,’ the Trophy Turns Hunter," 9 May 2018 The 19-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized. Terrence Antonio James, chicagotribune.com, "2 dead, 3 wounded in city shootings," 11 July 2018 The cyst had crowded out her other internal organs, which forced them to cram inside her abdomen, the Post's Lindsey Bever writes. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Those who don't qualify for government aid aren't buying Obamacare plans," 3 July 2018 In that attack, a 22-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and was treated and released from the hospital. Fox News, "Officer charged in shooting of black teen near Pittsburgh," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of abdomen

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abdomen

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin abdōmen "fat underpart of an animal, belly, paunch," of uncertain origin

Note: Often seen as a derivative of abdere, "to hide, conceal," i.e., "that which is hidden," based on a nominal ablaut form *dhoh1- from the root *dheh1- "put." However, Latin abdōmen refers primarily to a body part of animals, and more or less humorously of humans; such usage suggests something prominent rather than something concealed, so the derivation looks somewhat unlikely.

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English Language Learners 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


ab·​do·​men | \ˈab-də-mən, ab-ˈdō-\

Kids Definition of abdomen

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

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


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

Medical Definition of abdomen 

1a : 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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