- of, relating to, or characteristic of an umbilicus or umbilical cord.
- joined together by or as if by an umbilical cord; heavily dependent in a close relationship.
- adjacent to or located near the navel; central to the abdomen: the umbilical region.
- serving as or containing a conduit through which power is transferred, especially to a unit that will be or is designed to be ultimately self-sufficient or independent: an umbilical cable for launching a rocket; an umbilical plug for starting jet engines.
Origin of umbilical
Examples from the Web for umbilical
She tried, says Schreiber, “to cut the umbilical cord to her parents mainly by way of entrance into high culture.”Still Desperately Seeking Susan Sontag
September 26, 2014
Both sides will insist they want some sort of corridor—not just an "umbilical chord"—and they must hammer out a tough compromise.A Bogus Defense Of E1 Construction
December 4, 2012
Prince Harry, a friendly creature of limited intelligence, was having an op to repair an umbilical hernia.Prince Harry The Pygmy Hippos Dies
May 10, 2012
Since I was an aspiring actor from the severing of my umbilical cord, his thoughts were particularly interesting to me.John O’Hurley: Dick Clark Made Us All Look Good
April 19, 2012
She delivered all her babies alone, cutting the umbilical cords with a pair of rusty scissors.Austria’s Latest Dungeon Dad
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 29, 2011
To this organ the growing foetus is moored by a species of cable, the Umbilical Cord.Sex
How the yolk-sack (umbilical vesicle) is formed is not clear.
They are the Epigastrick, the Umbilical, and the Hypogastrick.The Compleat Surgeon, or the Whole Art of Surgery Explain'd in a Most Familiar Method
Charles Gabriel Le Clerc
Midwives differ on the point of the moment at which the umbilical cord should be severed.The Fijians
The somatic stalk together with its contents is known as the umbilical cord.
- of, relating to, or resembling the umbilicus or the umbilical cord
- in the region of the umbilicusan umbilical hernia
- short for umbilical cord
Word Origin and History for umbilical
"pertaining to the navel," 1540s, from Medieval Latin umbilicalis "of the navel," from Latin umbilicus "navel" (see umbilicus). Umbilical cord attested by 1753 (the native term is navel string).
- Of or relating to the navel.
- Relating to the umbilical region of the abdomen.