from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The upper lateral region of the abdomen, marked by the lower ribs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The upper region of the abdomen, below the lower ribs, each side of the epigastrium.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Either of the hypochondriac regions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy: In human anat, a superior and lateral part of the abdomen, beneath the lower ribs; one of the specific regions of the abdomen, situated on either side of the epigastrium, above the lumbar regions. See abdominal regions, under abdominal.
- n. Some abdominal region corresponding to the above, as the flank or side of the rump of a bird; an iliac region.
- n. plural In entomology, two lateral pieces at the base of the abdomen beneath, behind the metasternum and posterior coxæ: so called bv Kirby.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the upper region of the abdomen just below the lowest ribs on either side of the epigastrium
New Latin, from Greek hupokhondrion, abdomen; see hypochondria.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hypochondrium, from Ancient Greek ὑποχόνδριον (hupochondrion, "the soft part of the body below the cartilage and above the navel"), from ὑπό (hupo, "below") + χόνδρος (chondros, "cartilage"). (Wiktionary)