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a fold of peritoneum extending from the stomach to adjacent abdominal organs. adj., adj omen´tal.
gastrocolic omentum greater omentum.
gastrohepatic omentum lesser omentum.
greater omentum a peritoneal fold attached to the anterior surface of the transverse colon.
lesser omentum a peritoneal fold joining the lesser curvature of the stomach and the first part of the duodenum to the porta hepatis.
omentum ma´jus greater omentum.
omentum mi´nus lesser omentum.
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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.
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omentum(o-ment'um) plural.omenta [L. omentum, adipose membrane]
A double fold of peritoneum attached to the stomach and connecting it with certain of the abdominal viscera. It contains a cavity, the omental bursa (lesser peritoneal cavity). See: illustration
gastrocolic omentumGreater omentum.
gastrohepatic omentumLesser omentum.
The portion of the omentum that is suspended from the greater curvature of the stomach and covers the intestines like an apron. It is the largest of the folds of the peritoneum. It dips in among the folds of the intestines and is attached to the transverse colon and mesocolon. It contains fat, prevents friction, and aids in localizing infections.Synonym: gastrocolic omentum
The portion of the omentum that passes from the lesser curvature of the stomach to the transverse fissure of the liver.omental (o-ment'al), adjective
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