- 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
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Examples from the Web for omentum
On opening the abdomen, the omentum was found dark and shrunk.
The veins of the omentum, mesentery, and intestines, were full of blood.Cases of Organic Diseases of the Heart
John Collins Warren
The aperture of exit was plugged by a tag of omentum (see fig. 89).Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
Omentum sound, and of a natural white colour, traversed by some large veins.
The omentum, to appearance gangrened, was dark, and altered in texture.
- anatomy a double fold of peritoneum connecting the stomach with other abdominal organs
C16: from Latin: membrane, esp a caul, of obscure origin
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- 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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