Omphalo- (combining form)

Omphalo- is a combining form that indicates a relationship to the umbilicus (the navel). For example, "omphal-" combined with "-itis" = omphalitis, inflammation of the umbilicus. (The suffix "-itis" refers to inflammation.) For a second example, "omphal-" combined with "-cele", = omphalocele, a birth defect in which the intestine enclosed within a sac protrudes outside the abdomen at the umbilicus. (The suffix "-cele" refers to a hernia or rupture.) And for a third example, "omphalo-" combined with "-tomy" = omphalotomy, the cutting of the umbilical cord. (The suffix "-tomy" refers to a cutting or incision.) "Omphalo-" is from "omphalos", the Greek word for the navel. The decorative boss protruding from the center of a Greek warrior's shield was called the omphalos, as was the knob at the center of a yoke. The omphalos was the "center of anything." The omphalos in the temple of Apollo at Delphi was a rounded conical stone; it was sacred and marked what the ancient Greeks believed to be the central point of the earth.

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  • Omphalo- — Om pha*lo [Gr. ? the navel.] A combining form indicating connection with, or relation to, the umbilicus, or navel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • omphalo- — [äm′fə lō, äm′fələ] 〚< Gr omphalos,NAVEL〛 combining form navel, umbilicus [omphaloskepsis] * * * …   Universalium

  • omphalo- — [äm′fə lō, äm′fələ] [< Gr omphalos,NAVEL] combining form navel, umbilicus [omphaloskepsis] …   English World dictionary

  • omphalo- — [ ɒmfələʊ] combining form relating to the navel: omphalocele. Origin from Gk omphalos navel …   English new terms dictionary

  • omphal- — omphalo combining form denoting the navel or umbilical cord …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • omphal- — combining form or omphalo Etymology: Greek, from omphalos more at navel 1. : umbilicus omphaloid …   Useful english dictionary

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