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Carnett sign

Pronunciation: kar-net'

Definition: disappearance of abdominal tenderness to palpation when the anterior abdominal muscles are contracted, indicating pain of intraabdominal origin; its persistence suggests a source in the abdominal wall, which is also indicated when tenderness is caused by gently pinching a fold of skin and fat between the thumb and forefinger.

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