A belt; a zone. A structure that has the form of a belt or g.. SYN: cingulum (1) [TA]. [A.S. gyrdel]
- Hitzig g. SYN: tabetic cuirass.
- Neptune g. a wet pack applied around the abdomen.
- pectoral g. [TA] the incomplete bony ring, formed by the clavicles and the scapulae, that supports the upper limb, attaching its appendicular skeleton to the axial skeleton (manubrium sterni). SYN: cingulum pectorale [TA], cingulum membri superioris, shoulder g., thoracic g..
- pelvic g. [TA] the right and left hip bones, joined at the pubic symphysis, by which the appendicular skeleton of the lower limbs is attached to the axial skeleton (sacrum), which in so doing forms a bony ring; the bony pelvis. SYN: cingulum pelvici [TA], cingulum membri inferioris.
- thoracic g. SYN: pectoral g..
- white limbal g. of Vogt symmetric arcuate yellow-white deposits in the peripheral cornea often seen in patients over age forty.

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gir·dle 'gərd-ə1 n either of two more or less complete bony rings at the anterior and posterior ends of the vertebrate trunk supporting the arms and legs respectively:

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(in anatomy) an encircling or arching arrangement of bones. See also pelvic girdle, shoulder girdle.

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gir·dle (gurґdəl) 1. an encircling structure or part. 2. cingulum.

Medical dictionary. 2011.


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  • Girdle — Gir dle, n. [OE. gurdel, girdel, AS. gyrdel, fr. gyrdan; akin to D. gordel, G. g[ u]rtel, Icel. gyr?ill. See {Gird}, v. t., to encircle, and cf. {Girth}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which girds, encircles, or incloses; a circumference; a belt; esp …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girdle — [gʉrd′ l] n. [ME girdil < OE gyrdel < base of gyrdan (see GIRD1): akin to Ger gürtel] 1. Archaic a belt or sash for the waist 2. anything that surrounds or encircles ☆ 3. a woman s elasticized undergarment for supporting or molding the… …   English World dictionary

  • Girdle — Gir dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girdled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girdling}.] 1. To bind with a belt or sash; to gird. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To inclose; to environ; to shut in. [1913 Webster] Those sleeping stones, That as a waist doth girdle you about …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girdle — (n.) O.E. gyrdel belt, sash, cord about the waist, common Germanic. (Cf. O.N. gyrðill, Swed. gördel, O.Fris. gerdel, Du. gordel, O.H.G. gurtil, Ger. Gürtel belt ), related to O.E. gyrdan to gird (see GIRD (Cf. gird)). Modern euphemistic sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • Girdle — To gird the loins is a custom as old as the garments themselves. The girdles of the Saxons and Normans present no peculiarity of form or ornament, but those of persons of distinction were of the costliest materials, and occasionally ornamented… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • girdle — [1] ► NOUN 1) a belt or cord worn round the waist. 2) a woman s elasticated corset extending from waist to thigh. ► VERB ▪ encircle with a girdle or belt. ORIGIN Old English, related to GIRD(Cf. ↑gird) and G …   English terms dictionary

  • Girdle — Gir dle, n. A griddle. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girdle — index circumscribe (surround by boundary), embrace (encircle), enclose, enclosure, encompass (surround), hedge …   Law dictionary

  • girdle — vb *surround, environ, encircle, circle, encompass, compass, hem, gird, ring Analogous words: see those at GIRD (to surround) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • girdle — [n] corset band, belt, sash, undergarment, underwear, waistband; concept 451 …   New thesaurus

  • Girdle — This article is about the item of clothing. In the Scots language, girdle refers to a cooking griddle. In malacology a girdle is part of a chiton.The word girdle originally meant a belt. In modern English the term girdle is most commonly used for …   Wikipedia

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