Absorbent Article Having a Body-accommodating Absorbent Core

February 28, 2004

1. An absorbent article oriented along imaginary X-, Y-, and Z-axes, said absorbent article comprising: (a) a liquid permeable cover; (b) a liquid impermeable baffle; and (c) an absorbent core having a length along said Y-axis, a width along said X-axis, and a thickness along said Z-axis, wherein said absorbent core is positioned between said cover and said baffle, and wherein said absorbent core includes a flexure axis which extends longitudinally through a central portion of said absorbent core in alignment with the Y-axis, said central portion being disposed between first and second side portions, said central portion having a relatively lower density and said first and second side portions having relatively higher densities, said first and second side portions being displaced generally transversely outwardly from, and extending in directions generally along the relatively lower density central portion, further including high density absorbent material disposed in said central portion of said absorbent core between said relatively lower density region and said liquid impermeable baffle, thus providing a reservoir for retaining absorbed fluid.

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