from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the abdomen or abdominal cavity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to or located within the abdomen or abdominal cavity.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to celiac disease.
  • n. Someone who has celiac disease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See Cœllac.
  • adj. Relating to the abdomen, or to the cavity of the abdomen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the cavity of the abdomen; abdominal or ventricular. Now chiefly used in the phrase celiac axis.
  • Same as cœlian.
  • In medicine, an old term applied, in the phrase celiac passion, to a flux or diarrhea.
  • See celiac.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or in or belonging to the cavity of the abdomen
  • adj. belonging to or prescribed for celiac disease


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin coeliacus, from Greek koiliakos, from koiliā, abdomen, from koilos, hollow; see keuə- in Indo-European roots.


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