Definition of abdomen in English:

abdomen

Syllabification: ab·do·men
Pronunciation: /ˈabdəmən, abˈdōmən
 
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noun

1The part of the body of a vertebrate containing the digestive organs; the belly. In humans and other mammals, it is bounded by the diaphragm and the pelvis.
More example sentences
  • It is quite common to develop a vertical, pigmented line on the skin of the abdomen below the belly button, which fades later.
  • This is a long thin instrument with a light source at its tip, to light up the inside of the abdomen or pelvis.
  • A high bowel obstruction will have a few dilated loops of small bowel in the abdomen.
Synonyms
stomach, belly, gut, middle, intestines
informal tummy, insides, guts, maw, breadbasket, pot, paunch
1.1 Zoology The posterior part of the body of an arthropod, especially the segments of an insect’s body behind the thorax.
More example sentences
  • It has three pairs of true legs on the thorax and five pairs of fleshy prolegs on the abdomen.
  • When they get peckish, the queens wag their abdomens across their nests, creating vibrations that ‘ask’ for a nutritious saliva snack.
  • Attacked bees often have deformed wings and abdomens and a shortened life span.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin.

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