omen·​tum | \ ō-ˈmen-təm How to pronounce omentum (audio) \
plural omenta\ ō-​ˈmen-​tə How to pronounce omentum (audio) \ or omentums

Definition of omentum

: a fold of peritoneum connecting or supporting abdominal structures (such as the stomach and liver) also : a fold of peritoneum free at one end

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omental \ ō-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce omentum (audio) \ adjective

Examples of omentum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Epithelial ovarian cancer sometimes spreads to the omentum, a layer of fatty tissue that covers the abdominal contents, so that is also usually removed for staging purposes, as are some lymph nodes in the pelvis and abdomen, the ACS says. Korin Miller, SELF, 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of omentum

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for omentum

Latin; perhaps akin to Latin induere to put on, exuere to take off — more at exuviae

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“Omentum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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omen·​tum | \ ō-ˈment-əm How to pronounce omentum (audio) \
plural omenta\ -​ə How to pronounce omentum (audio) \ or omentums

Medical Definition of omentum

: a fold of peritoneum connecting or supporting abdominal structures (as the stomach and liver) — see greater omentum, lesser omentum

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