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the greater omentum. adj., adj epiplo´ic.
an areolar, four-layer peritoneal fold, formed by the double-layer dorsal mesentery of the stomach (dorsal mesogastrium) descending from the greater curvature of the stomach to fold under on itself and ascend to the transverse colon; the descending and ascending portions fuse, obliterating the inferior recess of the omental bursa, resulting in the four-layer structure that usually hangs over the anterior aspect of the intestines like an apron; components include the following peritoneal ligaments: gastrophrenic, gastrosplenic, splenorenal, and gastrocolic.
epiploon/epip·lo·on/ (ĕ-pip´lo-on) [Gr.] the omentum.epiplo´ic
epiploonThe GREATER OMENTUM.
pl. epiploa [Gr.] the greater omentum.