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umbilicus

[ uhm-bil-i-kuhs, uhm-buh-lahy-kuhs ]
/ ʌmˈbɪl ɪ kəs, ˌʌm bəˈlaɪ kəs /
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noun, plural um·bil·i·ci [uhm-bil-uh-sahy, uhm-buh-lahy-sahy]. /ʌmˈbɪl əˌsaɪ, ˌʌm bəˈlaɪ saɪ/.

Anatomy. the depression in the center of the surface of the abdomen indicating the point of attachment of the umbilical cord to the embryo; navel.
Botany, Zoology. a navellike formation, as the hilum of a seed.

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Origin of umbilicus

1605–15; <Latin umbilīcus navel, middle, center; see navel
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British Dictionary definitions for umbilicus

umbilicus
/ (ʌmˈbɪlɪkəs, ˌʌmbɪˈlaɪkəs) /

noun plural -bilici (-ˈbɪlɪˌsaɪ, -bɪˈlaɪsaɪ)

biology a hollow or navel-like structure, such as the cavity at the base of a gastropod shell
anatomy a technical name for the navel

Derived forms of umbilicus

umbiliform (ʌmˈbɪlɪˌfɔːm), adjective

Word Origin for umbilicus

C18: from Latin: navel, centre; compare Latin umbō shield boss, Greek omphalos navel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for umbilicus

umbilicus
[ ŭm-bĭlĭ-kəs, ŭm′bə-līkəs ]

n. pl um•bil•i•ci (-sī′)

navel
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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