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[ uhm-bil-i-kuhl ]


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an umbilicus or umbilical cord.
  2. joined together by or as if by an umbilical cord; heavily dependent in a close relationship.
  3. adjacent to or located near the navel; central to the abdomen:

    the umbilical region.

  4. serving as or containing a conduit through which power is transferred, especially to a unit that will be or is designed to be ultimately self-sufficient or independent:

    an umbilical cable for launching a rocket; an umbilical plug for starting jet engines.


/ ʌmˈbɪlɪkəl; ˌʌmbɪˈlaɪkəl /


  1. of, relating to, or resembling the umbilicus or the umbilical cord
  2. in the region of the umbilicus

    an umbilical hernia


  1. short for umbilical cord

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Derived Forms

  • umˈbilically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • um·bili·cal·ly adverb
  • nonum·bili·cal adjective
  • postum·bili·cal adjective
  • subum·bili·cal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of umbilical1

1535–45; < Medieval Latin umbilīcālis, equivalent to Latin umbilīc ( us ) ( umbilicus ) + -ālis -al 1

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Example Sentences

Finkelstein lost her son to an umbilical cord accident at 32 weeks, on the same day she received a reassuring non-stress test at her obstetrician’s office.

During these screens, most technicians do examine the umbilical cord, although they only look for blood flow and the proper number of cord vessels.

Despite how vital the umbilical cord is for proper fetal development, many of its complexities remain understudied.

Collins’ protocol suggests that if the additional screening indicates an umbilical cord issue, the pregnant parent should be hospitalized and the baby monitored for 24 hours.

It was a rare occurrence, he says, that emphasizes the many unknowns surrounding the risks of umbilical cord abnormalities.

They hold signs depicting a fetus with a hanging umbilical cord.

She tried, says Schreiber, “to cut the umbilical cord to her parents mainly by way of entrance into high culture.”

It feels really retro, to have a piece of paper with no computer windows open and no electronic umbilical to the outside world.

Both sides will insist they want some sort of corridor—not just an "umbilical chord"—and they must hammer out a tough compromise.

Prince Harry, a friendly creature of limited intelligence, was having an op to repair an umbilical hernia.

The length of the umbilical cord is from eighteen to twenty-four inches, its diameter about half an inch.

A careful examination should also be made round the neck, to see if the umbilical cord is around it.

The hernia is caused by the absence of proper umbilical attention and abdominal support to the child after parturition.

How the yolk-sack (umbilical vesicle) is formed is not clear.

Flocks of the umbilical hog, or peccary, traverse the level Montañas.





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