umbilicus

noun
um·​bi·​li·​cus | \ ˌəm-ˈbi-li-kəs How to pronounce umbilicus (audio) , ˌəm-bə-ˈlī- How to pronounce umbilicus (audio) \
plural umbilici\ ˌəm-​ˈbi-​li-​ˌkī How to pronounce umbilicus (audio) , -​ˌkē ; ˌəm-​bə-​ˈlī-​ˌkī How to pronounce umbilicus (audio) , -​ˌsī \ or umbilicuses

Definition of umbilicus

b : any of several morphological depressions especially : hilum sense 1
2 : a central point : core, heart

Examples of umbilicus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tech staff informed us that we would be connected to this digital umbilicus for the duration of our employment. Jeremy Miller, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of umbilicus

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for umbilicus

Latin — more at navel

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“Umbilicus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/umbilicus. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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umbilicus

noun
um·​bi·​li·​cus | \ ˌəm-ˈbil-i-kəs How to pronounce umbilicus (audio) , ˌəm-bə-ˈlī- How to pronounce umbilicus (audio) \
plural umbilici\ ˌəm-​ˈbil-​ə-​ˌkī How to pronounce umbilicus (audio) , -​ˌkē; ˌəm-​bə-​ˈlī-​ˌkī How to pronounce umbilicus (audio) , -​ˌsī \ or umbilicuses

Medical Definition of umbilicus

: navel

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