A medical illustration from Atlas and Text-book of Human Anatomy,(by Dr. Johannes Sobotta, shows the branches of the coeliac artery and the origin of the portal vein, 1911. After division of the anterior lamina of the great omentum the stomach has been drawn upward, so that its posterior surface looks forward, and the pancreas has been divided along the superior mesenteric vessels. | VintageMedStock/Getty Images

Your Abdomen's Layer of Fat Is Also an Important Immune Organ

The omentum is a large sheet of fat that stretches across the gut, and researchers believe it may play an important role in the immune response to certain tumors.

Published On 06/01/2017
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