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Definition of Abdominal cavity

Abdominal cavity: The cavity within the abdomen, the space between the abdominal wall and the spine.

The abdominal cavity is hardly an empty space. It contains a number of crucial organs including the lower part of the esophagus, the stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and bladder.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2082
Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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