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[ep-i-gas-tree-uh m] /ˌɛp ɪˈgæs tri əm/
noun, plural epigastria
[ep-i-gas-tree-uh] /ˌɛp ɪˈgæs tri ə/ (Show IPA).
the upper and median part of the abdomen, lying over the stomach.
Origin of epigastrium
1675-85; < New Latin < Greek epigástrion, noun use of neuter of epigástrios over the stomach. See epi-, gastr-, ium Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tria (-trɪə)
the upper middle part of the abdomen, above the navel and below the breast
Derived Forms
epigastric, epigastrial, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Greek epi- + gastrion, from gastēr stomach
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epigastrium in Medicine

epigastrium ep·i·gas·tri·um (ěp'ĭ-gās'trē-əm)
n. pl. ep·i·gas·tri·a (-trē-ə)
The highest of three median regions of the abdomen, lying above the umbilical region and between the hypochondriac regions.

ep'i·gas'tric (-trĭk) adj.
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