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

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)

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The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to a Florida company that processes human umbilical-cord blood cells as treatments, and issued 20 other letters to entities the FDA said may be offering unapproved stem-cell products. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Probes More Stem-Cell Treatment Companies," 3 Apr. 2019 Anup Katheria’s team at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital San Diego is trying a technique called umbilical-cord milking on babies who are born not breathing and have to be resuscitated. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The New, Improved World of Infant Care," 16 Sep. 2018 Divers typically wear a compressed-air cylinder on their back as a backup source of air in case the umbilical line fails. John Ismay, New York Times, "Why the Thailand Cave Rescue Was So Difficult: A Diver Explains," 10 July 2018 Time stilled when the baby emerged: a purplish, limp infant with the umbilical coiled around her neck. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Rachael and Justin Pines of Fishtown," 27 June 2018 To our left, 5 miles distant, the other B-2 is connected to the umbilical of the second tanker. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 Now came Thomas Reed, 20 years old and trained as a commercial diver, descending by umbilical to the bay’s floor. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 The Knee Institute employs breakthrough procedures like umbilical (never embryonic) stem cells and PRP (platelet rich plasma), along with a personalized physical therapy regimen, to help the body heal itself. Joyce Wiswell For The Knee Institute, Detroit Free Press, "Back to basics – with new procedures – enhances pain relief," 7 May 2018 Bowen suffered an umbilical hernia as a result of trauma to her abdomen caused by the seat belt. Karen Kucher,, "DUI driver ordered to pay $230,462 in restitution to 2 victims in car crash," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1774, in the meaning defined above

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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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