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 In studies with Olympic athletes and treadmill tests to exhaustion, researchers have occasionally seen brief dips in fetal heart rate and reductions in umbilical blood flow. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 15 May 2021 The youngest still has an umbilical stump attached., 16 Mar. 2022 The youngest still has an umbilical stump attached. Mystslav Chernov And Evgeniy Maloletka, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2022 That includes a simulated umbilical release and retract test inside the VAB. Richard Tribou,, 27 Apr. 2021 Generally, antibodies were detectable in the blood of parents and umbilical cords among all those who were fully vaccinated, regardless of vaccination timing, according to the study published Dec. 28 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. al, 4 Jan. 2022 Trantor suffers its 9/11 moment when terrorists attack the Star Bridge, a colossal spire that serves as its umbilical connection to the larger galaxy; its fall destroys a swath of the densely populated planet. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 Four days later came a video record of the descent—the umbilical slither of a cable and, at one end, the pop of the parachute, resplendent in red and white. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 16 July 2021 The missile cleanly separated from the aircraft and successfully demonstrated the full release sequence including GPS acquisition, umbilical disconnect and power transfer from the aircraft to the missile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 3 Aug. 2021 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, 25 Aug. 2019 The layout of the umbilicals and headroom given yield to really great composition. Trevor Mahlmann, Ars Technica, 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, 20 Feb. 2018 See More

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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 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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