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- n. The hollow portion of the torso within the abdomen, containing the abdominal organs, in mammals below the diaphragm.
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- n. the cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm
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The object of this, as old women of the tribe informed me, is to facilitate the flow of the lochia; they think that should the woman lie in bed the blood would accumulate in the abdominal cavity and she must die.