What is the medical term for belly button?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by KateNicole, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. KateNicole Senior Member

    Miami, Florida
    English (USA)
    Nothing comes to mind, but I'm sure something a little more scientific exists.
  2. Eugin

    Eugin Senior Member

    Buenos Aires
    Argentina (Spanish)
  3. KateNicole Senior Member

    Miami, Florida
    English (USA)
    I suppose! I'm not sure what my options are :)
  4. chatterer New Member

  5. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Former nurse confirms umbilicus as the medical term.
    Belly button is a very informal, even childlike, term.
    Navel is somewhere in between.
  6. jillaroo New Member

    English - Australia
    The medical term is 'umbilicus' :)
  7. canadian45 Banned

    Canadian English
    Yes, 'navel' is not a medical term.
  8. Smauler Senior Member

    Ipswich, Suffolk, England
    British English
    Medical terms are difficult. Generally people use "stomach" for all of their abdomen. When professionals use "belly" or "tummy", it can sound patronising, but "stomach" has an absolute specific meaning which excludes everything but the stomach.

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