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Medical Term:

pneumoperitoneum

Pronunciation: nu'mo-per'i-to-ne'um

Definition: Presence of air or gas in the peritoneal cavity as a result of disease, or produced artificially in the abdomen to achieve exposure during laparoscopic surgery.

[G. pneuma, air, + peritoneum]

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