umbilical

[ uhm-bil-i-kuh l ]
/ ʌmˈbɪl ɪ kəl /

adjective

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

noun

Origin of umbilical

1535–45; < Medieval Latin umbilīcālis, equivalent to Latin umbilīc(us) (see umbilicus) + -ālis -al1

Related forms

um·bil·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·um·bil·i·cal, adjectivepost·um·bil·i·cal, adjectivesub·um·bil·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for umbilical

umbilical

/ (ʌmˈbɪlɪkəl, ˌʌmbɪˈlaɪkəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling the umbilicus or the umbilical cord
in the region of the umbilicusan umbilical hernia

noun

short for umbilical cord

Derived Forms

umbilically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for umbilical

umbilical

[ ŭm-bĭlĭ-kəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the navel.
Relating to the umbilical region of the abdomen.

Related forms

um•bili•cal•ly adv.
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