[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. epigastralgia,
  2. epigastric,
  3. epigastric artery,
  4. epigastric fossa,
  5. epigastric hernia,
  6. epigastrocele,
  7. epigeal,
  8. epigene,
  9. epigenesis,
  10. epigenetic

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 Formsepigastric or epigastrial, adjective

Word Origin for epigastrium

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

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Medicine 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.
Related formsep′i•gastric (-trĭk) adj.

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