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[ab-dom-uh-nl] /æbˈdɒm ə nl/
of, in, on, or for the abdomen:
abdominal wall; abdominal pains.
Usually, abdominals. Informal. the abdominal muscles.
Origin of abdominal
1740-50; < Latin abdōmin-, stem of abdōmen abdomen + -al1
Related forms
abdominally, adverb
postabdominal, adjective Unabridged
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  • He talks about fighting back the anxiety and abdominal pains, about his jangled nerves and wobbly legs.
  • Fidel, frail but back in action after his abdominal surgery, will try to block that process.
  • He survived the war, the camps and abdominal cancer that was carelessly treated.
  • The pump requires an electric cable, called a driveline, that runs through the abdominal wall to a battery pack in a harness.
  • They feel the same as menstrual cramps, with the low back pain as well as abdominal pain.
  • Her pain had worsened, and it was now accompanied by shortness of breath and severe abdominal cramping.
  • The team surgically implanted the device in the abdominal cavity of two rats.
  • These two wounds had resulted from the single stab-wound through the abdominal wall.
  • She had no family history of colorectal cancer and a review of systems was positive for abdominal bloating.
  • The only thing that does make me question is the abdominal organs.
Word Origin and History for abdominal

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

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abdominal in Science
  1. In vertebrates, the portion of the body between the thorax and pelvis, containing the stomach, intestines, liver, and other organs. In mammals, the abdomen is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm.

  2. In arthropods, the last, most posterior segment of the body.

abdominal adjective (āb-dŏm'ə-nəl)
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