mid·​sec·​tion ˈmid-ˌsek-shən How to pronounce midsection (audio)
: a middle section, part, or area : a section midway between the extremes
Normally, the jet stream, a five-mile-high river of air, steers storms directly across the midsection of the United States … Stephen H. Schneider
especially : the mid-region of the human torso : midriff sense 1
The swinging motion of baseball players and golfers requires strength throughout the entire midsection, not only to hit the ong ball but also to avoid injuries. Joe Weider
The two doctors ordered a CT scan of the man's midsection, and they stood next to a computer terminal and toggled through images of his internal organs, deeply concerned. Gardiner Harris

Example Sentences

Grassy plains used to cover large portions of America's midsection. the midsection of the boat He threw a hard punch to my midsection.
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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of midsection was in 1890

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“Midsection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midsection. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition



mid·​sec·​tion ˈmid-ˌsek-shən How to pronounce midsection (audio)
: a section midway between the extremes
especially : midriff sense 2
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