from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The upper lateral region of the abdomen, marked by the lower ribs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anatomy: In human anat, a superior and lateral part of the abdomen, beneath the lower ribs; one of the specific regions of the abdomen, situated on either side of the epigastrium, above the lumbar regions. See abdominal regions, under abdominal.
  • noun Some abdominal region corresponding to the above, as the flank or side of the rump of a bird; an iliac region.
  • noun plural In entomology, two lateral pieces at the base of the abdomen beneath, behind the metasternum and posterior coxæ: so called bv Kirby.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) Either of the hypochondriac regions.

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  • noun anatomy The upper region of the abdomen, below the lower ribs, each side of the epigastrium.

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  • noun the upper region of the abdomen just below the lowest ribs on either side of the epigastrium


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

[New Latin, from Greek hupokhondrion, abdomen; see hypochondria.]

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From Latin hypochondrium, from Ancient Greek ὑποχόνδριον (hupochondrion, "the soft part of the body below the cartilage and above the navel"), from ὑπό (hupo, "below") + χόνδρος (chondros, "cartilage").


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  • A swelling in the hypochondrium, that is hard and painful, is very bad, provided it occupy the whole hypochondrium; but if it be on either side, it is less dangerous when on the left.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • Characteristically, the liver patient experiences pain just below the ribs of the right side of the abdomen, an area commonly called the hypochondrium, and liver patients are often unwittingly labeled as chronic “hypochondriacs.”


  • That state of the hypochondrium is best when it is free from pain, soft, and of equal size on the right side and the left.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • But there is nothing to prevent fomentations and cerates being applied for the other pains of the sides; and the legs and loins may be rubbed with hot oil, or anointed with fat; linseed, too, in the form of a cataplasm, may be applied to the hypochondrium and as far up as the breasts.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • And if there be also pulsation in the hypochondrium, it indicates perturbation or delirium; and the physician should examine the eyes of such persons; for if their pupils be in rapid motion, such persons may be expected to go mad.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • Swellings in the belly less frequently form abscesses than those in the hypochondrium; and seldomest of all, those below the navel are converted into suppuration; but you may rather expect a hemorrhage from the upper parts.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • But if he shall use ptisan for a draught, and drink afterward hydromel, he will feel full, flatulent, and uncomfortable in the viscera of the hypochondrium; but if the hydromel be taken before the draught, it will not have the same injurious effects as if taken after it, but will be rather beneficial.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • But if slightly acrid it moistens the mouth and throat, promotes expectoration, and quenches thirst; agrees with the viscera seated in the hypochondrium, and obviates the bad effects of the honey; for the bilious quality of the honey is thereby corrected.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • Apply to the hypochondrium linseed by inunctions, taking care that he do not catch cold when the application is made; let it be in a tepid state, and boiled in water and oil.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • Pains in the hypochondria, and swellings, if recent, and not accompanied with inflammation, are relieved by borborygmi supervening in the hypochondrium, more especially if it pass off with faeces, urine, and wind; but even although not, it will do good by passing along, and it also does good by descending to the lower part of the belly.

    The Book Of Prognostics


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