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Definition of "abdomen" []

  • The part of the body that lies between the thorax and the pelvis and encloses the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, and pancreas. Also called belly. (noun)
  • The corresponding region in vertebrates other than mammals. (noun)
  • The posterior segment of the body in arthropods. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abdomen" in a sentence
  • "Although the abdomen is closed after the gastroschisis repair, it takes time for the intestines to recover from gastroschisis."
  • "For example, if you have pain in your upper right abdomen, is the pain coming from there, or from the sensory part of your brain?"
  • "‘The abdomen is the worst place for fat to accumulate,’ says Professor Bell."