[ep-i-gas-tree-uh m]

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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Related Words for epigastrium

bulge, potbelly, abdomen, fat, tummy, belly, gut, epigastrium

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noun plural -tria (-trɪə)

the upper middle part of the abdomen, above the navel and below the breast
Derived Formsepigastric or epigastrial, adjective

Word Origin for epigastrium

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)

The highest of three median regions of the abdomen, lying above the umbilical region and between the hypochondriac regions.
Related formsep′i•gastric (-trĭk) adj.
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