AskDefine | Define hypochondrium

Dictionary Definition

hypochondrium n : the upper region of the abdomen just below the lowest ribs on either side of the epigastrium [also: hypochondria (pl)]

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hypochondrium (plural hypochondria)
  1. the upper region of the abdomen, below the lower ribs, each side of the epigastrium


upper region of the abdomen

Extensive Definition

The hypochondrium is the upper part of the abdomen caudal to the lowest ribs of the thorax. The word derives from the Greek term hupokhondros, meaning abdomen, or literally under cartilage.
The liver is found in the right hypochondrium.

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hypochondrium in Spanish: Hipocondrio
hypochondrium in Italian: Ipocondrio
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