Encyclopedia > Peritoneum

  Article Content


The peritoneum is the epithelial[?] lining of the body cavity (coelom). In higher vertebrates, the peritoneum is the lining of the abdominal cavity in particular; the corresponding tissue in the pleural and pericardial cavities of the thorax[?] is called the pleura[?] and the pericardium respectively. The peritoneum is a thin layer of tissue made of flat cells.

A serious medical condition called peritonitis occurs when the peritoneum becomes infected.

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Johann Karl Friedrich Rosenkranz

... (1830) Handbuch einer allgemeinen Geschichte den Poesie (1832-33) Die Pädagogik als System (1848) Aesthetik des Hässlichen (1853) Die Poesie and ihre Geschichte ...

This page was created in 35.5 ms