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  • n. A dense layer of fatty tissue growth, consisting of subcutaneous fat in the lower abdominal area.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A layer or muscles of other tissues; specifically, an abbreviated from for panniculus adiposus or panniculus carnosus (see below).


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  • Professor Macalister draws our attention to the fact that Mr. Darwin uses the term panniculus in the generalised sense of any sheet of muscle acting on the skin.) (to put the question under another point of view, is it the primary or aboriginal function of the panniculus to move the dermal appendages or the skin itself?); but both are superficial, and would perhaps together become rudimentary.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • When involving the abdomen, it is called a panniculus and consists of skin, fat, and sometimes contents of the internal abdomen as part of a hernia.

    Think Progress

  • There were weighty arguments against this theory, in particular the fact that people with great muscular strength and a welldeveloped panniculus adiposus were often attacked by the disease; and also that European crews, on a diet containing sufficient protein and fat, were not immune, even when they were given virtually no rice at all.

    Christiaan Eijkman - Nobel Lecture

  • 'A bold incision is made through the skin and aponcurotic portion of the pectoralis transversus and panniculus muscles, about 1 to 3 inches

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • _ -- The panniculus carnosus, strong and fleshy, extended nearly over the whole trunk.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • The beard does not grow; in many instances a thick _panniculus adiposus_ is formed; there are changes in the growth of the bones; the voice remains

    The Sexual Life of the Child

  • The erection of the hair is, however, aided in some cases, as with that on the head of a man, by the striped and voluntary muscles of the underlying panniculus carnosus.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • It appears, also, from the researches of Leydig18 and others, that striped fibres extend from the panniculus to some of the larger hairs, such as the vibrissæ of certain quadrupeds.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • So that this muscle seems to aid in the erection of the hairs on the head of man. in the same manner as the homologous panniculus carnosus aids, or takes the greater part, in the erection of the spines on the backs of some of the lower animals.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • He holds that the observations in myxedema, in obesity, and psoriasis warrant the belief that the thyroid gland eliminates a material having a regulating influence upon the constitution of the panniculus adiposus and upon the nutrition of the skin in general.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine


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