epigastrium

[ ep-i-gas-tree-uh m ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˈgæs tri əm /

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.

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

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

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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