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

  • noun The lowest of the three median regions of the abdomen.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In human anatomy, the lower part of the belly; an abdominal region below the umbilical region and between the right and left iliac or inguinal regions. See abdominal regions, under abdominal.

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

  • noun (Anat.) The lower part of the abdomen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An area of the human abdomen residing below the umbilicus.


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

[New Latin, from Greek hypogastrion : hupo-, hypo- + gastēr, gastr-, belly.]


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  • The region which extends from the umbilicus to the point of the coccyx is marked upon the cutaneous surface by a central raphe dividing the hypogastrium, the penis, the scrotum, and the perinaeum respectively into equal and similar sides.

    Surgical Anatomy Joseph Maclise

  • As examples of the former may be mentioned that in which the organ is deficient in front, and has become everted and protruded like a fungous mass through an opening at the median line of the hypogastrium; that in which the rectum terminates in the bladder posteriorly; and that in which the foetal urachus remains pervious as a uniform canal, or assumes a sacculated shape between the summit of the bladder and the umbilicus.

    Surgical Anatomy Joseph Maclise

  • The fascia lata, Poupart's ligament, and the abdominal aponeurosis, are to be relaxed by bending the thigh inwards to the hypogastrium.

    Surgical Anatomy Joseph Maclise

  • As the median line of union thus seems to influence the form of the hypogastrium, the genitals, and the perinaeum, the dissection of these parts has been conducted accordingly.

    Surgical Anatomy Joseph Maclise

  • When between these intervals the process of union happens likewise to be arrested, malformations are the result; and of these the following are examples: -- Extrusion of the bladder at the hypogastrium is caused by a congenital hiatus at the lower part of the linea alba, which is in the median line; Epispadias, which is an urethral opening on the dorsum of the penis; and

    Surgical Anatomy Joseph Maclise

  • When distended largely, its summit is raised above the pubic symphysis, the small intestines having yielded place to it, and in this state it can be felt by the hand laid upon the hypogastrium.

    Surgical Anatomy Joseph Maclise

  • By removing the skin and subjacent adipose membrane from the hypogastrium, we expose the superficial fascia.

    Surgical Anatomy Joseph Maclise

  • At the third month of pregnancy a hard extrauterine tumor was found, which was gradually increasing in size and extending to the left side of the hypogastrium, the associate symptoms of pregnancy, sense of pressure, pain, tormina, and dysuria, being unusually severe.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine 1896

  • He married in 1870, and upon being told that he was a father he slit up the hypogastrium from the symphysis pubis to the umbilicus, so that the omentum protruded; he said his object was to obtain a view of the interior.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine 1896

  • Shame had led her to conceal her condition for all the period during which she suffered pain in the hypogastrium, and diarrhea.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine 1896


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