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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ABDOMEN

He received a bullet in the chest and another in the abdomen.

Then he held the prisoner at arm's length while something clicked in his abdomen.

But the most dangerous hurts were those in the abdomen, chest, and head.

He finished reading the paper in the warm, clear light of his abdomen.

My abdomen is swollen, and I have had flowing spells for three years.

To determine sex of a bird specimen, open the abdomen under thigh.

The position must be considered in properly filling the back, sides, and abdomen.

On opening the abdomen, the omentum was found dark and shrunk.

The chain which holds her is the prodigious development of her abdomen.

Disjunct: with head, thorax and abdomen separated by constrictions.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "belly fat," from Latin abdomen "belly," of unknown origin, perhaps from abdere "conceal," with a sense of "concealment of the viscera," or else "what is concealed" by proper dress. De Vaan, however, finds this derivation "unfounded." Purely anatomical sense is from 1610s. Zoological sense of "posterior division of the bodies of arthropods" first recorded 1788.

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