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peritoneum, pl. peritonea (per´i-to-ne´um, -a) [NA]

The serous sac, consisting of mesothelium and a thin layer of irregular connective tissue, that lines the abdominal cavity and covers most of the viscera contained therein; it forms two sacs: the peritoneal (or greater) sac and the omental bursa (lesser sac) connected by the epiploic foramen.membrana abdominis; [Mod. L. fr. G. peritonaion, fr. periteino, to stretch over]
parietal p. the layer of p. lining the abdominal walls.p. parietale [NA];
p. parieta´le [NA] parietal p
visceral p. the layer of p. investing the abdominal organs.p. viscerale [NA];
p. viscera´le [NA] visceral p


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