[ ep-i-gas-tree-uhm ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˈgæs tri əm /
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noun, plural ep·i·gas·tri·a [ep-i-gas-tree-uh]. /ˌɛp ɪˈgæs tri ə/. Anatomy.
the upper and median part of the abdomen, lying over the stomach.
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Origin of epigastrium

1675–85; <New Latin <Greek epigástrion, noun use of neuter of epigástrios over the stomach. See epi-, gastr-, -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for epigastrium

/ (ˌɛpɪˈɡæstrɪəm) /

noun plural -tria (-trɪə)
the upper middle part of the abdomen, above the navel and below the breast

Derived forms of epigastrium

epigastric or epigastrial, adjective

Word Origin for epigastrium

C17: from New Latin, from Greek epi- + gastrion, from gastēr stomach
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Medical definitions for epigastrium

[ ĕp′ĭ-găstrē-əm ]

n. pl. ep•i•gas•tri•a (-trē-ə)
The highest of three median regions of the abdomen, lying above the umbilical region and between the hypochondriac regions.

Other words from epigastrium

ep′i•gastric (-trĭk) adj.
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