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omphalocele

Pronunciation: om'fal-o-sel, om'fa-lo-

Definition: Congenital herniation of viscera into the base of the umbilical cord, with a covering membranous sac of peritoneum-amnion. The umbilical cord is inserted into the sac here, in contradistinction to its attachment in gastroschisis.

Synonym(s): amniocele, exomphalos3, exumbilication3, umbilical eventration

[omphalo- + G. kele, hernia]

See Also: umbilical hernia

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