Definition of Omentum

1. Noun. A fold of peritoneum supporting the viscera.

Generic synonyms: Peritoneum
Specialized synonyms: Caul, Gastrocolic Omentum, Greater Omentum, Lesser Omentum

Definition of Omentum

1. n. A free fold of the peritoneum, or one serving to connect viscera, support blood vessels, etc.; an epiploön.

Definition of Omentum

1. Noun. (anatomy) Either of two folds of the peritoneum that support the viscera ¹

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Definition of Omentum

1. a fold in an abdominal membrane [n -TA or -TUMS] : OMENTAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Omentum

1. Origin: L. A free fold of the peritoneum, or one serving to connect viscera, support blood vessels, etc.; an epiploon. The great, or gastrocolic, omentum forms, in most mammals, a great sac, which is attached to the stomach and transverse colon, is loaded with fat, and covers more or less of the intestines; the caul. The lesser, or gastrohepatic, omentum connects the stomach and liver and contains the hepatic vessels. The gastrosplenic omentum, or ligament, connects the stomach and spleen. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Omentum

omental cake
omental enterocleisis
omental graft
omental sac
omental tenia
omental tuber
omentum (current term)
omentum majus
omentum minus

Literary usage of Omentum

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"Laser omentum. ROUND LIGAMENT OF LIVER. ... are: the lesser omentum, the great omentum, and the gastro-splenic omentum. The lesser omentum ..."

2. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1912)
"Kidneys found firmly adherent to the omentum. Renal artery tied off. ... Capsule stripped and kidney wrapped in two layers of omentum. February loth. ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"The usefulness of the omentum in inflammatory lesions of the abdomen upon its power to form adhesions about the diseased focus and upon its power of ..."

4. Medical lexicon by Robley Dunglison (1851)
"One who has the omentum morbidly large. Also, one labouring under ... The uses of the omentum are but little known, The chief one seems to be, to retain the ..."

5. A Text-book of Operative Surgery: Covering the Surgical Anatomy and by Warren Stone Bickham (1903)
"Small or Gastro-hepatic omentum.—Extends from transverse fissure of liver to lesser curvature of stomach, being continuous on the right with the first part ..."

6. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1895)
"An Illustration of the omentum Minus in Three Parts, Nos. з, 5 and 6 and 3. Fig. i is a drawing from nature, designed to illustrate the lesser omentum. ..."

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