Muscles, abdominal

A large group of muscles in the front of the abdomen that assists in the regular breathing movement and supports the muscles of the spine while lifting and keeping abdominal organs such as the intestines in place. Abdominal muscles play a key role in exercises such as "sit-ups."

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  • abdominal — abdominal, ale, aux [ abdɔminal, o ] adj. • 1611; de abdomen ♦ Qui appartient à l abdomen. Muscles abdominaux. N. m. pl. Les abdominaux : les muscles abdominaux. Par ext. Exercices de développement des muscles abdominaux. Faire des abdominaux.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • abdominal — ab|dom|i|nal [ æb damınl ] adjective in, or happening in, the abdomen: abdominal muscles abdominal pain …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • abdominal — UK [æbˈdɒmɪn(ə)l] / US [æbˈdɑmɪn(ə)l] adjective in, or happening in, the abdomen abdominal muscles abdominal pain …   English dictionary

  • abdominal breathing — noun breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles abdominal breathing is practiced by singers • Hypernyms: ↑breathing, ↑external respiration, ↑respiration, ↑ventilation …   Useful english dictionary

  • Abdominal exercise — Abdominal exercises are those that affect the abdominal muscles (colloquially known as the stomach muscles or abs ). Contents 1 Usage 2 Breakdowns 3 Types of abdominal exercises and effectiveness 3.1 …   Wikipedia

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  • Abdominal guarding — is the tensing of the abdominal wall muscles to guard inflamed organs within the abdomen from the pain of pressure upon them. The tensing is detected when the abdomen wall is pressed. [ [http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=7200 …   Wikipedia

  • Abdominal pain — can be one of the symptoms associated with transient disorders or serious disease. Making a definitive diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain can be difficult, because many diseases can result in this symptom. Abdominal pain is a common problem …   Wikipedia

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