um·​bil·​i·​cal | \ ˌəm-ˈbi-li-kəl How to pronounce umbilical (audio) , British also ˌəm-bə-ˈlī-kəl How to pronounce umbilical (audio) \

Definition of umbilical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or used at the navel
2 : of or relating to the central region of the abdomen
3 : being a necessary or nurturing link or connection the town's umbilical rail line



Definition of umbilical (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of umbilical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Then, at the very end of the procedure, the umbilical-cord vessels inexplicably began to coagulate. Sarah Stewart Johnson, The New Yorker, "A Scientist’s Reckoning with the Cruelty of Chance," 4 Oct. 2020 After the umbilical vein degenerates, a ligament connected to the liver remains, but its purpose is to divide the liver into two sections according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Melissa Badamo, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Benefits derived from putting essential oils in belly button are questionable," 3 July 2020 Other developments showing promise include injections of mesenchymal stem cells, found in bone marrow and umbilical cords, that doctors are studying to battle inflammation caused by ARDS. Peter Fimrite,, "Efforts at coronavirus vaccines and treatments abound in the Bay Area," 22 June 2020 The trial is using intravenous doses of mesenchymal stem cells, which are found in bone marrow and umbilical cords, to treat people afflicted with the respiratory syndrome. J.d. Morris,, "UCSF studying stem cells as possible coronavirus treatment," 8 June 2020 Divers used suits with air hoses and umbilical lines that pumped warm water into the suits from the surface for about three hours, Mr. Harris said. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Shipwreck Yields Artifacts of Missing Seafarers in Canada’s Arctic," 20 Feb. 2020 Officials are not sure why the umbilical duct on the launch pad disconnected Wednesday, but brisk winds on Florida's Space Coast could be the culprit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: It takes three years to build an SLS? Long March 5B coming," 24 Jan. 2020 The first is the presence of BTs in the area, indicated by a rainstorm and the frantic pinging of an antenna connected to your umbilical BB. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Death Stranding is Kojima unleashed, and it’s as weird as you’d expect," 1 Nov. 2019 The gilded sneakers share an umbilical tangle of crimson shoe laces. Los Angeles Times, "Review: For the black artists of CAAM’s ‘L.A. Blacksmith,’ metal has meaning," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The shots of the fuel and data umbilicals pulling away from the vehicle turned out fantastic. Trevor Mahlmann, Ars Technica, "Behind the scenes at Earth’s most beautiful rocket launch site," 25 Aug. 2019 The layout of the umbilicals and headroom given yield to really great composition. Trevor Mahlmann, Ars Technica, "Behind the scenes at Earth’s most beautiful rocket launch site," 25 Aug. 2019 The shuttle, by delivering the chemicals that aid the flow of oil and gas directly to the well, takes those complications out of the mix, meaning oil companies can run longer umbilicals and manage more wells from a single platform. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Local firm’s “Subea Shuttle” aims to slice offshore drilling costs," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of umbilical


1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1774, in the meaning defined above

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“Umbilical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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um·​bil·​i·​cal | \ ˌəm-ˈbil-i-kəl also ˌəm-bə-ˈlī-kəl \

Medical Definition of umbilical

1 : of, relating to, or used at the navel umbilical infection
2 : of or relating to the central abdominal region that is situated between the right and left lumbar regions and between the epigastric region above and the hypogastric region below umbilical pain

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