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 +(1) The membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and covers most of the abdominal organs. (From the Greek peri- meaning around + tonos meaning a stretching = a stretching around).
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 +(2) (Science: anatomy) The smooth serous membrane which lines the cavity of the abdomen, or the whole body cavity when there is no diaphragm, and, turning back, surrounds the [[viscera]],​ forming a closed, or nearly closed, sac. 
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 +Alternative forms: peritonaeum. ​
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 +Origin: L. Peritoneum, peritonaeum,​ Gr, fr. To stretch all around or over; around _ to stretch. ​
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 +See also:
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 +[[peritoneal]]
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 +[[retroperitoneal]] ​
  
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