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Abdominal cavity   /æbdˈɑmənəl kˈævəti/   Listen
Abdominal cavity

The cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm.  Synonym: abdomen.

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"Abdominal cavity" Quotes from Famous Books

... above, and on the contents of the abdominal and pelvic cavities below. When it rises from B to A, it diminishes the size of the thoracic cavity, compresses the lungs, and assists in the expiratory part of breathing; at the same time it acts through the contents of the abdominal cavity on the pelvic roof, D, to which the uterus is attached, and raises it from D to C. When the diaphragm contracts, it descends from A to B, increases the size of the thoracic cavity, inflates the lungs, promotes the inspiratory ...
— Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XV., No. 388, June 9, 1883 • Various

... introduced into the abdominal cavity, and the remaining ovaries brought away in like manner. A suture is then placed of three or four double threads, waxed at an equal distance, and at two centimetres, or a little less, from the lips of the wound, ...
— Cattle and Their Diseases • Robert Jennings

... death-warrant. More particularly is this the case as to operations which involve opening into the abdomen, the chest, or the cranium. So little risk now attaches to such operations, properly performed, that the opening of the abdominal cavity for the mere purpose of ascertaining the condition of its contents—"exploratory laparotomy," as it is called—is a matter of constant occurrence. Curiously enough, in some way not yet satisfactorily explained, ...
— Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV • John Lord

Words linked to "Abdominal cavity" :   cavum, bodily cavity, venter, stomach, belly, cavity

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