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Omentum

omentum
Origin: L.
(Science: anatomy) A free fold of the peritoneum, or one serving to connect viscera, support blood vessels, etc.; an epiploon.
The great, or gastrocolic, omentum forms, in most mammals, a great sac, which is attached to the stomach and transverse colon, is loaded with fat, and covers more or less of the intestines; the caul. The lesser, or gastrohepatic, omentum connects the stomach and liver and contains the hepatic vessels. The gastrosplenic omentum, or ligament, connects the stomach and spleen.


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