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umbilical

[uhm-bil-i-kuh l] /ʌmˈbɪl ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an umbilicus or umbilical cord.
2.
joined together by or as if by an umbilical cord; heavily dependent in a close relationship.
3.
adjacent to or located near the navel; central to the abdomen:
the umbilical region.
4.
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.
noun
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Medieval Latin umbilīcālis, equivalent to Latin umbilīc(us) (see umbilicus) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
umbilically, adverb
nonumbilical, adjective
postumbilical, adjective
subumbilical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for umbilically

umbilical

/ʌmˈbɪlɪkəl; ˌʌmbɪˈlaɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling the umbilicus or the umbilical cord
2.
in the region of the umbilicus: an umbilical hernia
noun
3.
short for umbilical cord
Derived Forms
umbilically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for umbilically

umbilical

adj.

"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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umbilically in Medicine

umbilical um·bil·i·cal (ŭm-bĭl'ĭ-kəl)
adj.

  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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