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um·bil·i·ci(ŭm-bil'i-kŭs, ŭm-bi-lī-kŭs; -i-sī, -lī'kī), [TA]
The pit in the center of the abdominal wall marking the point where the umbilical cord entered the fetus.
umbilicus/um·bil·i·cus/ (um-bil´ĭ-kus) [L.] the navel; the scar marking the site of attachment of the umbilical cord in the fetus.
n. pl. umbili·ci (-sī′)
1. See navel.
2. Biology A small opening or depression similar to a navel, as the hollow at the base of the shell of some gastropod mollusks, one of the openings in the shaft of a feather, or the hilum of a seed.
Etymology: L, navel
the point on the abdomen at which the umbilical cord joined the fetal abdomen. In most adults it is marked by a depression; in some, it is marked by a small protrusion of skin. It interrupts the linea alba about halfway between the infrasternal notch and the pubic symphysis. It is located at the level of the interspace of the third and the fourth lumbar vertebrae. Also called belly button, navel. umbilical, adj.
umbilicusThe residua of the umbilical cord after birth.
Medspeak-UK: pronounced, umm bih LIE cuss
Medspeak-US: pronounced, umm BILL ih cuss
um·bil·i·cus, umbilici (ŭm-bi-lī'kūs, -sī) [TA]
The pit in the center of the abdominal wall marking the site where the umbilical cord entered in the fetus.
umbilicusThe scar formed by the healing at the exit site of the UMBILICAL CORD after this has been tied and cut and the tissues have died and dropped off.
Mentioned in: Appendectomy
the scar marking the site of entry of the umbilical cord in the fetus; called also navel. It is usually only depressed in the human abdomen and is inconspicuous in most domestic species. In dogs it is a palpable knot advertised by a convergent whorl of hair.
see feather (1).