noun, plural per·i·to·ne·ums, per·i·to·ne·a [per-i-tn-ee-uh] /ˌpɛr ɪ tnˈi ə/. Anatomy.
- peritoneovenous shunt,
- peritonitis deformans,
- peritonsillar abscess,
Origin of peritoneum
Examples from the Web for peritoneum
There are cases of gastric cancer in which the symptoms are all referable to secondary cancer of the peritoneum.
Here the peritoneum investing the ventral surface of the duodenum becomes continuous with the right leaf of the mesentery.The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity|George. S. Huntington
The intestines are suspended to the posterior wall of the abdomen by a double fold of peritoneum called the mesentery.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
The zebras and elephants are seldom without them, and a thread-worm may often be seen under the peritoneum of these animals.Animal Parasites and Messmates|P. J. Van Beneden
The peritoneum is not affected as frequently as other serous membranes in this disease.
noun plural -nea (-ˈniːə) or -neums
Word Origin for peritoneum
early 15c., from Late Latin peritonaeum, from Greek peritonaion "abdominal membrane," literally "part stretched over," noun use of neuter of peritonaios "stretched over," from peri- "around" (see peri-) + teinein "to stretch" (see tenet). Related: Peritoneal.