Peritoneum

Per`i*to*ne"um

(?), n. [L. peritoneum, peritonaeum, Gr. , , fr. to stretch all around or over; around + to stretch.] (Anat.) The smooth serous membrane which lines the cavity of the abdomen, or the whole body cavity when there is no diaphragm, and, turning back, surrounds the viscera, forming a closed, or nearly closed, sac.
[Written also peritonum.]

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Per`i*to*ni"tis

(?), n. [NL. See Peritoneum, and -itis.] (Med.) Inflammation of the peritoneum.
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