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omentum

[oh-men-tuh m]
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noun, plural o·men·ta [oh-men-tuh] /oʊˈmɛn tə/. Anatomy.
  1. a fold of the peritoneum connecting the stomach and the abdominal viscera forming a protective and supportive covering.

Origin of omentum

First recorded in 1535–45, omentum is from the Latin word ōmentum caul surrounding the intestines
Related formso·men·tal, adjectivepost·o·men·tal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for omenta

Historical Examples

  • Twelve deer were checked for body fat in one or all of the following areas: back (subcutaneous), kidneys, heart, omenta.

    Ecological Studies of the Timber Wolf in Northeastern Minnesota

    L. David Mech


British Dictionary definitions for omenta

omentum

noun plural -ta (-tə)
  1. anatomy a double fold of peritoneum connecting the stomach with other abdominal organs

Word Origin

C16: from Latin: membrane, esp a caul, of obscure origin
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omenta in Medicine

omentum

(ō-mĕntəm)
n. pl. o•men•tums
  1. One of the folds of the peritoneum that connect the stomach with other abdominal organs, especially the greater omentum or the lesser omentum.
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