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  Umbilical hernia



Umbilical hernia

    A protrusion of part of the intestine through a defect in the abdominal wall around the belly button, usually manifested as a small bulge. Usually not serious and requiring no medical treatment.

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Intestine
The tube involved in digestion and extending from the stomach to the anus. Consists of the small intestine and the large intestine.

Abdominal
Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the chest and the pelvis. The abdomen is separated anatomically from the chest by the diaphragm, the powerful muscle spanning the body cavity below the lungs. The abdomen includes a host of organs including the stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, appendix, gallbladder, and bladder. The word "abdomen" has a curious story behind it. It comes from the Latin "abdodere", to hide. The idea was that whatever was eaten was hidden in the abdomen.

Belly
That part of the body that contains all of the structures between the chest and the pelvis. Also called the abdomen. The belly (or abdomen) is separated anatomically from the chest by the diaphragm, the powerful muscle spanning the body cavity below the lungs. The belly contains a host of organs including the stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, appendix, gallbladder, and bladder.

Medical
Pertaining to Medicine.



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Umbilical cord
A cord of tissue connecting the fetus to the placenta that carries oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and transports waste products away. At birth, an umbilical cord, which contains two arteries and one large vein, can be as long as 4 feet.

Umbilicated
Marked by depressed spots resembling the umbilicus.

Umbilicus
The scar marking the site of entry of the umbilical cord into the fetus. It is inconspicuous in most domestic species.



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Undifferentiated
Not having developed into a specialized cell or tissue type.

Unipotent stem cell
A stem cell that both divides and gives rise to a single mature cell type, such as a spermatogenic stem cell, which only gives rise to sperm.

Umbilical cord
A cord of tissue connecting the fetus to the placenta that carries oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and transports waste products away. At birth, an umbilical cord, which contains two arteries and one large vein, can be as long as 4 feet.

Umbilical hernia

Undescended testicles
When one or both of the testes don't descend into the scrotum. Many times the condition corrects itself; other cases need to be surgically corrected so as not to lead to infertility or testicular cancer.

Universal birth number
An identification number assigned to a newborn by a state's office of vital statistics. Includes the date of birth, the area code of the birth site, and a registration number.

Ulcerated
Having a local defect or excavation of the epithelium of an organ or tissue through the basement membrane.

Umbilicated
Marked by depressed spots resembling the umbilicus.

Umbilicus
The scar marking the site of entry of the umbilical cord into the fetus. It is inconspicuous in most domestic species.

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