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[oh-men-tuh m] /oʊˈmɛn təm/
noun, plural omenta
[oh-men-tuh] /oʊˈmɛn tə/ (Show IPA).
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 forms
omental, adjective
postomental, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ta (-tə)
(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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omentum o·men·tum (ō-měn'təm)
n. pl. o·men·tums or o·men·ta (-tə)
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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