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abdominal

[ab-dom-uh-nl] /æbˈdɒm ə nl/
adjective
1.
of, in, on, or for the abdomen:
abdominal wall; abdominal pains.
noun
2.
Usually, abdominals. Informal. the abdominal muscles.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < Latin abdōmin-, stem of abdōmen abdomen + -al1
Related forms
abdominally, adverb
postabdominal, adjective
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  • Shoulder blades are lifted off the floor, and abdominals tightened.
Word Origin and History for abdominals
n.

short for "abdominal muscles," attested by 1980; see abdominal.

abdominal

adj.

1550s, from medical Latin abdominalis, from abdomen (genitive abdominis); see abdomen.

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