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extraperitoneal space


Definition: loose areolar space (only potential in many places) or plane immediately external to the peritoneum; in surgery, this plane enables dissection within the body wall but external to the peritoneum.

Synonym(s): spatium extraperitonealeTA

See Also: retroperitoneal space

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