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glossary:peritoneum [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +(1) The membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and covers most of the abdominal organs. (From the Greek peri- meaning around + tonos meaning a stretching = a stretching around).
 +(2) (Science: anatomy) The smooth serous membrane which lines the cavity of the abdomen, or the whole body cavity when there is no diaphragm, and, turning back, surrounds the [[viscera]],​ forming a closed, or nearly closed, sac. 
 +Alternative forms: peritonaeum. ​
 +Origin: L. Peritoneum, peritonaeum,​ Gr, fr. To stretch all around or over; around _ to stretch. ​
 +See also:
 +[[retroperitoneal]] ​
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