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
abdominalplay \ab-ˈdä-mə-nəl, əb-, -ˈdäm-nəl\ adjective
abdominallyplay \-ē\ adverb
Examples of abdomen in a Sentence
showed us a tiny tattoo on her abdomen, right next to her belly button
Recent Examples of abdomen from the Web
Thirteen months after Johnson was killed, Dawson lay facedown on a porch at 504 N. 34th St., shot in the abdomen.
A 17-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen also about 7:25 p.m. in the 4900 block of West Rice Street in the city's Austin neighborhood.
That other fight, the one set to happen a few weeks before, with the retired champion and the mixed-martial arts fellow with the tiger tattoo across his abdomen?
Physical inactivity can result in weight gain, especially around the midsection — including visceral fat, a type of tissue deep inside the abdomen that is known to increase inflammation throughout the body.
Reid and his team showed each fetus both dot patterns five times, moving the light across each woman’s abdomen for five seconds.
Both men were hospitalized for their injuries — one was shot in hand, the other in the abdomen — but both are expected to be OK, Meridian Police Lt.
The impact had pushed her stomach up into her chest cavity, causing a lung to collapse and tearing her abdomen, diaphragm and other internal organs.
Researchers presented 39 fetuses with a face-like pattern projected through their mothers’ abdomen, along with an inverted pattern.
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Origin and Etymology of abdomen
borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin abdōmen “fat underpart of an animal, belly, paunch,” of uncertain origin ◆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.
First Known Use: circa 1541See Words from the same year
ABDOMEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of abdomen for English Language Learners
: the part of the body below the chest that contains the stomach and other organs
: the rear part of an insect's body
ABDOMEN Defined for Kids
Definition of abdomen for Students
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)
Medical Definition of abdomen
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: the posterior often elongated region of the body behind the thorax in arthropods
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