abdomen

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abdomen   (āb'də-mən)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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