Definition of abdominal in US English:

abdominal

adjective

  • Relating to the abdomen.

    ‘abdominal pain’
    • ‘The silo was progressively reduced, returning the abdominal viscera to the abdominal cavity.’
    • ‘Family physicians frequently see patients who have abdominal pain and altered bowel habits.’
    • ‘He was taken to hospital for emergency abdominal surgery.’
    • ‘It is a general principle of abdominal distension that one must treat the spleen.’
    • ‘The weight of the abdominal viscera and adipose tissue pressed on the diaphragm, resulting in decreased chest volume.’
    • ‘If perforation occurs in the stomach or intestines, fever and abdominal pain and tenderness may develop.’
    • ‘The major problem with excess abdominal fat is that it is highly associated with the development of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.’
    • ‘With treatment, his abdominal pain resolved and rectal bleeding ceased.’
    • ‘The adverse effects of iron tablets are mainly feeling sick, abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation.’
    • ‘Girls with ovarian tumors may have abdominal pain and masses that can be felt in the abdomen.’
    • ‘I once did a house call on a teenage boy with abdominal pain and nausea.’
    • ‘The most common complaint is headache, followed by recurrent abdominal pain and musculoskeletal pain.’
    • ‘I do not deny that there are patients with chronic abdominal pain and altered bowel habit that defy analysis.’
    • ‘She also gives exercises for the deep abdominal muscles to stabilize the back and pelvic girdle.’
    • ‘Children with recurrent abdominal pain present a difficult conundrum for doctors.’
    • ‘She awoke one night with fierce abdominal cramping and rectal pain.’
    • ‘Nausea, vomiting, chest pain, a sore throat, abdominal pain, and diarrhea then may appear.’
    • ‘Stool collects in the child's colon and rectum and may cause abdominal pain.’
    • ‘The patient was a young woman who presented in a busy admissions department with abdominal pain.’
    • ‘Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by recurrent episodes of abdominal pain and discomfort and disturbed bowel habits.’
    stomach, gastric, intestinal, stomachic, enteric, duodenal, visceral, coeliac, ventral
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noun

usually abdominals
  • An abdominal muscle.

    • ‘Contract abdominals, dropping tailbone down so back is straight and torso is supported.’
    • ‘Your abdominals are, in fact, four separate muscle groups.’
    • ‘More advanced students use their abdominals and thigh muscles to keep their legs extended.’
    • ‘Engage your abdominals, squeezing shoulder blades together and down.’
    • ‘The two went to work on her hamstrings, abdominals and back muscles.’
    • ‘With abdominals tight and shoulder blades pulled back and down, bend knees and hinge forward without losing neutral back alignment.’
    • ‘Improved trunk stability may be achieved through training of the lower abdominals for patients in all phases.’
    • ‘Lower hips, pulling abdominals up and in until body forms a straight line from head to heels.’
    • ‘Contract lower abdominals and lift left leg about two inches off floor.’
    • ‘Remember that abdominals are muscles, just like triceps, biceps, pecs and lats.’
    • ‘It's one of the best exercises you can do for the abdominals.’
    • ‘All these exercises target your core muscles: rectus, obliques and transverse abdominals.’
    • ‘Contract your abdominals to lift your shoulder blades off the ball.’
    • ‘After the birth, you'll also need to strengthen your pelvic floor and abdominals.’
    • ‘It's one of the best exercises you can do for your abdominals.’
    • ‘The abdominals have the same capacity to improve muscular strength and endurance as any other muscle group in the body.’
    • ‘You'll train your abdominals and spine extensors to work simultaneously to maintain your lifted position as you move your top leg.’
    • ‘Obliques are actually a separate muscle from the abdominals, but are usually worked along with the abs as part of the overall package.’
    • ‘Once airborne, use your hip flexors and abdominals to pull your knees as high as possible up to your chest so that they touch your hands.’
    • ‘I can boast coconut deltoids, pulsating pectorals, bulging biceps and six pack abdominals.’

Pronunciation

abdominal

/ˌabˈdämən(ə)l//ˌæbˈdɑmən(ə)l/