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subcutaneous tissue of abdomen


Definition: the fibrofatty layer deep to the skin at the anterolateral abdominal wall. At the level of the umbilicus and superiorly, it consists of loose connective tissue [TA] (texta connectivus laxus abdominis [TA]) but in the lower abdominal wall it typically has two rather distinct layers: a superficial fatty layer [TA] (panniculus adiposa [TA]) and a deep membranous layer [TA] (stratum membranosum [TA]).

Synonym(s): tela subcutanea abdominisTA

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