…behind the word

Origin of the word: ABDOMEN

Abdomen /noun, plural: abdomens/ (English): 1535-1545

> In another languages:

  • Abdomen (Español)
  • Abdômen (Português)
  • Abdomen (German)
  • Abdomen (Français)
  • Addome (Italiano)

> From:

  • Lat. abdōmen (belly fat). The origin is unknown, but it seems to come from the verb abdere, abdō (to hide, to conceal): ab (away, from) + (to give, to offer). If this is correct, abdōmen could mean “viscera concealment” or “what is hidden (by a dress)”.

> Meaning:

  • Present: The lower part of a person’s or animal’s body, which contains the stomach, bowels and other organs, or the end of an insect’s body (Cambridge Dictionary). The part of the body of a vertebrate containing the digestive organs; the belly. In humans and other mammals, it is bounded by the diaphragm and the pelvis; the posterior part of the body of an arthropod, especially the segments of an insect’s body behind the thorax (Oxford Dictionary).
  • Original: concealment (probably).
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