Definition of


  1. (noun, body) the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
  2. (noun, body) the cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm

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Synonyms of Abdomen

abdominal cavity, belly, stomach, venter

Alternate forms of Abdomen

Derivations: abdominal

Hyponyms: underbelly, underbody

Hypernyms: bodily cavity, body part, cavity, cavum

Origin of the word Abdomen

  1. 1540s, "belly fat," from L. abdomen (gen. abdominis) "belly," originally "lower belly," perhaps from abdere "conceal," with a sense of "concealment of the viscera," or else "what is concealed" by proper dress. Purely anatomical sense is from 1610s. Biological sense of "posterior division of the bodies of arthropods" first recorded 1788. more

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Words that sound like Abdomen

abadan, apadana, apodeme, aviation

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