abdominal guarding


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ab·dom·i·nal guard·ing

a spasm of abdominal wall muscles, detected on palpation, to protect inflamed abdominal viscera from pressure; usually a result of inflammation of the parietal peritoneal surface as in appendicitis, diverticulitis, or generalized peritonitis.

abdominal guarding

n.
A spasm of the abdominal wall muscles to protect inflamed abdominal viscera from pressure; it usually results from inflammation of the peritoneal surface as in appendicitis, diverticulitis, or generalized peritonitis, and is detectable on palpation.

abdominal guarding

A spasm of the anterior abdominal-wall muscles detected on physical examination; it is a protective response to intra-abdominal inflammation, and seen in patients with appendicitis, diverticulitis or peritonitis.

abdominal guarding

Clinical medicine A spasm of the anterior abdominal wall muscles detected on physical examination, which is a 'protective response' to intraabdominal inflammation seen in Pts with appendicitis, diverticulitis or peritonitis.

ab·dom·i·nal guard·ing

(ab-dom'i-năl gahrd'ing)
A spasm of abdominal wall muscles, detected on palpation, to protect inflamed abdominal viscera from pressure; usually results from inflammation of the peritoneal surface as seen in appendicitis, diverticulitis, or generalized peritonitis.

ab·dom·i·nal guard·ing

(ab-dom'i-năl gahrd'ing)
Spasm of abdominal wall muscles, detected on palpation, to protect inflamed abdominal viscera from pressure.
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