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[ep-i-gas-tree-uh m]
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noun, plural ep·i·gas·tri·a [ep-i-gas-tree-uh] /ˌɛp ɪˈgæs tri ə/. Anatomy.
  1. 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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noun plural -tria (-trɪə)
  1. the upper middle part of the abdomen, above the navel and below the breast
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Derived Formsepigastric or epigastrial, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin, from Greek epi- + gastrion, from gastēr stomach
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epigastrium in Medicine


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