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Noun 1. The consumption of a substance by an organism. In animals, it normally is accomplished by taking in the substance through the mouth into the gastrointestinal tract, such as through eating or drinking. In single-celled organisms, ingestion can take place through taking the substance through the cell membrane. ( 2. The action of ingesting, or consuming something orally, whether it be food, drink, medicine, or other substance. It is usually referred to as the first step of digestion. ( 3. To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption. ( 4. To take in and absorb as food. ( 5. The process or act of engulfing particles by cells (e.g. phagocytic cell). ( Word origin: From Latin ingestionem “a pouring in,” noun of action from past participle stem of...

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/ˈiNGgwənəl/ Adjective 1. Of the groin. (Google Dictionary) 2. In anatomy, the inguinal region is one of the regions of the abdomen, and the term inguinal refers to a structure belonging to this region. ( Word origin: From Latin inguinalis “of the groin,” from inguen “groin,” from PIE *engw– “groin, internal organ” (cf. Greek aden...

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Inguinal ligament

Noun 1. A band running from the pubic tubercle to the anterior superior iliac spine. Its anatomy is very important for operating on hernia patients. ( 2. A ligament, of fascia, extending in most mammals from the ventral side of the ilium to near the symphysis of the pubic bones. ( 3. The thickened lower border of the aponeurosis of the external oblique muscle of the abdomen that extends from the anterior superior iliac spine to the pubic tubercle, is continuous with the fascia lata near the thigh, and forms the external pillar of the superficial inguinal ring and a part of the anterior boundary of the femoral ring. ( 4. A fibrous band formed by the thickened inferior border of the aponeurosis of the external oblique that extends from the anterior superior spine of the ilium to the pubic tubercle bridging, muscular and vascular lacunae;forms the floor of the inguinal canal; gives origin to the lowermost fibres of internal oblique and transversus abdominis muscles. ( Syn: Poupart’s ligament, ligamentum inguinale, arcus inguinalis, crural arch, fallopian arch, fallopian ligament, femoral arch, pouparts...

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