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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

... tissue. Examined by the microscope, the fat cells consist of a number of minute sacs of exceedingly delicate, structureless membrane filled with oil. This is liquid in life, but becomes solidified after death. This tissue is plentiful beneath the skin, in the abdominal cavity, on the surface of the heart, around the kidneys, in the marrow of bones, and elsewhere. Fat serves as a soft packing material. Being a poor conductor, it retains the heat, and furnishes a store rich in carbon and hydrogen ...
— A Practical Physiology • Albert F. Blaisdell

... at length on each side to form a single canal, which leaves the epididymis under the name of the vas deferens; this is the excretory duct of the testicle, conveying the secretion of that organ to the exterior. The vas deferens traverses the inguinal canal into the abdominal cavity, and therein passes downwards to the prostatic portion of the urethra (vide infra). The anterior portion only of the penis is visible externally, dependent in front of the scrotum; the posterior portion is concealed by the scrotum ...
— The Sexual Life of the Child • Albert Moll

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

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