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Umbilical   /əmbˈɪlɪkəl/   Listen

Membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta.  Synonym: umbilical cord.

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"Umbilical" Quotes from Famous Books

... the ligature, which should be its umbilical cord connecting them with divinity, is rather like that thread which the accomplices of Cylon held in their hands when they went abroad from the temple of Minerva, the other end being attached to the statue of the goddess. But frequently, as in their case, the ...
— A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers • Henry David Thoreau

... peas touch laterally, and are pressed one against the other, so that the grub, when searching for a point of attack, cannot circulate at will. Let us also note that the lower pole expands into the umbilical excrescence, which is less easy of perforation than those parts protected by the skin alone. It is even possible that the umbilicum, whose organization differs from that of the rest of the pea, contains a peculiar sap that is distasteful to the ...
— A Book of Exposition • Homer Heath Nugent

Words linked to "Umbilical" :   canal, embryo, conceptus, umbilicus, channel, epithelial duct, fetal membrane, fertilized egg, duct, funiculus, foetus, fetus

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