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abomasum

(ăb′ō-mā′səm)
n. pl. aboma·sa (-sə)
The fourth division of the stomach in ruminant animals, such as cows, sheep, and deer, in which digestion takes place.

ab′o·ma′sal (-səl) adj.

abomasum

The 4th and last stomach of ruminants—e.g., cattle, deer, goats—which is suspended by the greater and lesser omenta. It is a source of rennin, as well as rennet, a rennin-containing enzyme preparation used to make cheese.

abomasum

the true digestive part of the RUMINANT STOMACH, secreting enzymes for the digestion of food prior to passing it on to the small intestine. The abomasum is HOMOLOGOUS with the monogastric stomach of non-ruminants.

abomasum

the fourth compartment of the ruminant stomach. It is an elongated sac, comparable in structure and function to the stomach of nonruminants. It lies in the right half of the abdominal cavity, largely on the abdominal floor, except in late pregnancy when it is pushed cranially by the enlarging uterus and may also be lifted from the abdominal floor. See also abomasal.
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