- the part of the body of a mammal between the thorax and the pelvis; belly.
- the cavity of this part of the body containing the stomach, intestines, etc.
- (in nonmammalian vertebrates) a region of the body corresponding to, but not coincident with, this part or cavity.
Origin of abdomen
Related Words for abdomentummy, belly, gut, midsection, midriff, guts, paunch, corporation, potbelly, middle, viscera, bowels, pot, intestines, venter, breadbasket
Examples from the Web for abdomen
Contemporary Examples of abdomen
But even I have my share of patients with chronic pain of some kind, be it in the abdomen or head or back.DEA's Painkiller Crackdown Too Little, Too Late?
August 27, 2014
The tight fit also restricts your abdomen, reducing your food intake during the day.Waist Training: Can You Cinch Your Waist Thin?
July 18, 2014
The sick sister was healed after relics from John XXIII were placed on the fistula on her abdomen.Popes, Saints, Miracles, Weird Relics and Odd Omens Converge on Rome
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 26, 2014
Two bullets lodged in his abdomen and he was taken to the hospital for surgery.The Man Syria’s Jihadists Want Dead
January 30, 2014
A WWII re-enactor is brought into the hospital when a homemade bazooka backfires and leaves an unexploded grenade in his abdomen.11 Wacky, Moving, Memorable ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Moments (VIDEO)
October 10, 2013
Historical Examples of abdomen
He received a bullet in the chest and another in the abdomen.
Then he held the prisoner at arm's length while something clicked in his abdomen.Arm of the Law
But the most dangerous hurts were those in the abdomen, chest, and head.The Downfall
He finished reading the paper in the warm, clear light of his abdomen.The Velvet Glove
My abdomen is swollen, and I have had flowing spells for three years.Treatise on the Diseases of Women
Lydia E. Pinkham
Word Origin for abdomen
1540s, "belly fat," from Latin 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. De Vaan, however, finds this derivation "unfounded." Purely anatomical sense is from 1610s. Zoological sense of "posterior division of the bodies of arthropods" first recorded 1788.