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)

Examples of umbilical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Again, there’s an umbilical link between silence and music. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Scotland, Suffering, and Silence: An Interview with Sir James MacMillan," 30 Aug. 2019 Then the umbilical was cut and he was gone, taken to a nearby cart, with no word from the doctor. Jon Michaud, The New Yorker, "Julius: The Story of a Premature Birth," 15 Aug. 2019 For decades its umbilical attachment to America has given it security and economic sustenance while allowing it to express its distinct diplomatic personality. The Economist, "Foreign policyCanada is feeling lonely, but its place internationally is still strong," 25 July 2019 Last year, with Henry sidelined most of the season by an umbilical hernia and then a herniated disk, his fellow Ravens linemen combined for just 2½ sacks. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens 2019 training camp preview: Defensive line," 20 July 2019 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 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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22 Nov 2019

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“Umbilical.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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