NAVEL ( O. Eng. nafela, a word common to Teutonic languages; cf. Ger. Nabel, Swed. nafvel; the Sanskrit is ndbhila; the English root is also seen in " nave," the hub of a wheel), in anatomy, the umbilicus (Gr. 6/Li</>aX6s), the depression in the abdomen which indicates the point through which the embryo mammal obtained nourishment from its mother (see ANATOMY: section Superficial and Artistic).
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