Abdomen vs Potbelly - What's the difference?

abdomen | potbelly |

As nouns the difference between abdomen and potbelly

is that abdomen is (obsolete) the fat surrounding the belly while potbelly is a large, swollen, or protruding abdomen; a paunch.



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  • (obsolete) The fat surrounding the belly.
  • (anatomy) The belly, or that part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis, not including the back; or in some lower vertebrates, the portion between the cardiac and caudal regions.
  • (anatomy) The cavity of the belly, which is lined by the peritoneum, and contains the viscera; often restricted in humans to the part between the diaphragm and the commencement of the pelvis, the remainder being called the pelvic cavity.
  • He was all bent over complaining of pains in the abdomen.
  • (zoology, entomology) The posterior section of the body, behind the thorax, in insects, crustaceans, and other Arthropoda.
  • Synonyms

    * belly * stomach * tummy






  • a large, swollen, or protruding abdomen; a paunch
  • a potbelly stove
  • Synonyms

    * (protruding abdomen) See also .