abdomen


abdomen
abdomen, belly, stomach, paunch, gut are synonyms when naming the front part of the human trunk below the chest
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crawl on his stomach

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crawl on his belly

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an appendectomy scar on his abdomen

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In technical usage abdomen more specifically denotes the cavity below the diaphragm (and sometimes above the brim of the pelvis) together with the structures in that cavity and the walls (often the front wall) enclosing it
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a pain in the abdomen

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the risks inherent in all surgery on the abdomen

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Stomach in nontechnical use is interchangeable with abdomen but technically it is restricted to the saccular abdominal organ in which the earlier processes of digestion take place
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a blow to the stomach

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the digesting mass or chyme in the stomach is continually churned . . . by muscular activity of the walls— Potter

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Belly and paunch are decidedly informal terms that, when used in place of abdomen, suggest roundness and protuberance
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fell flat on his belly in the mud

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a comfortable paunch swelled out beneath the buttons of his dinner jacket— Basso

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Gut in technical use denotes the alimentary canal or one of its parts
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the embryonic gut arises from the third germ layer

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the blind gut or cecum

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In general use it is interchangeable with belly or paunch but in the plural, especially when designating the abdominal contents (viscera, intestines), it is usually considered vulgar although the corresponding verb is freely used of the evisceration of a carcass for food
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gut a herring

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  • ABDOMEN — L’abdomen humain est un segment volumineux du tronc qui s’interpose entre le thorax et la cavité pelvienne, ou petit bassin. Il loge, dans une cavité revêtue d’une séreuse, le péritoine, des viscères digestifs, urinaires et génitaux (fig. 1). 1.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Abdomen — humano. Proyección superficial de los órganos del tronco y abdomen, donde la localización de la mayoría de los órganos de éste último está a partir del nivel inferior costal y hasta el hueso ilíaco …   Wikipedia Español

  • abdomen — ABDOMÉN, abdomene, s.n. 1. Parte a corpului, între torace şi bazin, în care se găsesc stomacul, ficatul, pancreasul, splina, rinichii şi intestinele; pântece, burtă, foale. 2. (biol.) Partea posterioară a corpului la artropode. – Din fr., lat.… …   Dicționar Român

  • abdomen — m. anat. Región del tronco que forma una cavidad que se halla limitada en su parte superior por el diafragma, por una pared muscular en su parte frontal, por la columna vertebral en la región posterior y los huesos iliacos en su parte inferior.… …   Diccionario médico

  • Abdomen — Ab*do men, n. [L. abdomen (a word of uncertain etymol.): cf. F. abdomen.] 1. (Anat.) The belly, or that part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis. Also, the cavity of the belly, which is lined by the peritoneum, and contains the stomach …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abdômen — s. m. 1.  [Anatomia] Parte do corpo humano que encerra os intestinos. (Divide se em três zonas: epigástrica, umbilical e hipogástrica.) 2.  [Entomologia] Parte posterior do corpo dos insetos. 3. Pança, barriga, ventre. • Sinônimo geral: ABDOME •… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • abdómen — s. m. 1.  [Anatomia] Parte do corpo humano que encerra os intestinos. (Divide se em três zonas: epigástrica, umbilical e hipogástrica.) 2.  [Entomologia] Parte posterior do corpo dos insetos. 3. Pança, barriga, ventre. • Sinônimo geral: ABDOME •… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • ABDOMEN — Graece ἐπιγάςριον, λαπάρα, ὑπόχοίλιον, quod sub umbilico est ad pubem. Item pinguedo quaevis, de qua hîc passim vocibus Adeps, Omentum, Trapeza etc. Crocodili Abdomen tam suaviter fragrare, ut moschum etiam superet, dicemus infrae voce Zahucha …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • abdomen — (n.) 1540s, belly fat, from L. abdomen belly, of unknown origin, perhaps from abdere conceal, with a sense of concealment of the viscera, or else what is concealed by proper dress. Purely anatomical sense is from 1610s. Zoological sense of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abdomen — (Del lat. abdōmen). 1. m. Anat. vientre (ǁ cavidad del cuerpo de los vertebrados). En los mamíferos queda limitada por el diafragma. 2. Anat. vientre (ǁ conjunto de vísceras). 3. Zool. En muchos animales invertebrados, región que sigue al tórax;… …   Diccionario de la lengua española


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