• (RP) IPA: /ˈæb.də.mən/, /æbˈdəʊ.mən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈæb.də.mən/, /æbˈdoʊ.mən/

abdomen (plural abdomens)

  1. (obsolete) The fat surrounding the belly. [mid 16th c. – late 17th c.]
  2. (anatomy) The belly, or that part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis, not including the back; or in some lower vertebrates, the portion between the cardiac and caudal regions. [from early 17th c.]
    Synonyms: belly, tummy, stomach, Thesaurus:belly
  3. (anatomy) The cavity of the belly, which is lined by the peritoneum, and contains the viscera; often restricted in humans to the part between the diaphragm and the commencement of the pelvis, the remainder being called the pelvic cavity. [from early 17th c.]
    He was all bent over complaining of pains in the abdomen.
  4. (zoology, entomology) The posterior section of the body, behind the thorax, in insects, crustaceans, and other Arthropoda. [from late 18th c.]
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: abdómen (Portugal), abdômen (Brazil)
  • Russian: брюшна́я по́лость
  • Portuguese: abdómen
  • Russian: брюшко

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