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[uhm-bil-i-kuh l] /ʌmˈbɪl ɪ kəl/
of, relating to, or characteristic of an umbilicus or umbilical cord.
joined together by or as if by an umbilical cord; heavily dependent in a close relationship.
adjacent to or located near the navel; central to the abdomen:
the umbilical region.
serving as or containing a conduit through which power is transferred, especially to a unit that will be or is designed to be ultimately self-sufficient or independent:
an umbilical cable for launching a rocket; an umbilical plug for starting jet engines.
Origin of umbilical
1535-45; < Medieval Latin umbilīcālis, equivalent to Latin umbilīc(us) (see umbilicus) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
umbilically, adverb
nonumbilical, adjective
postumbilical, adjective
subumbilical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for umbilical
  • Around his neck he wears an umbilical cord tied in a hangman's knot.
  • Power from all the joints is fed down a single umbilical cable to a junction on the seabed.
  • umbilical cords are being preserved against future, personal need.
  • Charge comes via an electrical umbilical cord, ie the parent galaxies nuclear jet.
  • Scientists have found that umbilical cord blood may be a new source of organ-growing stem cells.
  • Instead, its umbilical cord is linked to blood vessels in a membrane attached to the egg's inner wall.
  • Some types can be derived from umbilical cord blood, adult bone marrow, or possibly even adult skin.
  • If the umbilical somehow became severed, there was nothing to be done.
  • However, their usefulness is limited to those individuals who had their own umbilical cord stem cells harvested and stored.
  • One of the best and non-controversial sources of stem cells remains umbilical cord blood.
British Dictionary definitions for umbilical


/ʌmˈbɪlɪkəl; ˌʌmbɪˈlaɪkəl/
of, relating to, or resembling the umbilicus or the umbilical cord
in the region of the umbilicus: an umbilical hernia
short for umbilical cord
Derived Forms
umbilically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for umbilical

"pertaining to the navel," 1540s, from Medieval Latin umbilicalis "of the navel," from Latin umbilicus "navel" (see umbilicus). Umbilical cord attested by 1753 (the native term is navel string).

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umbilical in Medicine

umbilical um·bil·i·cal (ŭm-bĭl'ĭ-kəl)

  1. Of or relating to the navel.

  2. Relating to the umbilical region of the abdomen.

um·bil'i·cal·ly adv.
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