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
1
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 deeper aspect of the umbilicus was exposed by using a spatula. Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 Physical examination revealed a deep umbilicus with a barely visible opening. Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 The novel hypothesis explains why umbilicus has aesthetic value, and why umbilicus has had a distinctive role in different cultures. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2011 There are many locations for hernias, including the umbilicus (belly button) and prior scars, but the most likely location is still inguinal -- in the groin. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 26 July 2023 When one falls in love with a patient who is a famous actor, the umbilicus that had sustained them all their lives is pierced for the first time. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2023 Swirl of words like a stirred cocktail, whirled umbilicus, pulsing asterisk. Diane Seuss Anne Boyer, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2023 In contrast, humans have a clearly visible umbilicus that changes with age and nutrients gathered. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2011 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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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin umbilīcus "navel, central point," going back to Italic *omb-el-īko-, going back to Indo-European *h3n̥bh-(e)l- (derivative with an -l- formative and zero-grade ablaut from the base *h3nobh- "hub of a wheel, nave entry 1") + *-ih2ko-, noun suffix — more at navel

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of umbilicus was in 1799

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Cite this Entry

“Umbilicus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/umbilicus. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

umbilicus

noun
um·​bil·​i·​cus
ˌəm-ˈbil-i-kəs
plural umbilici
-ˈbil-ə-ˌkī,
-ˌkē,
-ˌsī
or umbilicuses
: navel

Medical Definition

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
: navel

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