Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[ven-truh l] /ˈvɛn trəl/
of or relating to the venter or belly; abdominal.
Anatomy, Zoology. situated on or toward the lower, abdominal plane of the body; equivalent to the front, or anterior, in humans.
Compare dorsal1 (def 2).
Botany, Mycology. of or designating the lower or inner surface of a structure.
Origin of ventral
1730-40; < Latin ventrālis, equivalent to vent(e)r venter + -ālis -al1
Related forms
ventrally, adverb
interventral, adjective
postventral, adjective
preventral, adjective
subventral, adjective
subventrally, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for ventrally
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for ventrally


relating to the front part of the body; towards the belly Compare dorsal
of, relating to, or situated on the upper or inner side of a plant organ, esp a leaf, that is facing the axis
Derived Forms
ventrally, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ventrālis, from venter abdomen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ventrally



1739, from French ventral, from Late Latin ventralis "of or pertaining to the belly or stomach," from Latin venter (genitive ventris) "belly, paunch," from PIE *wend-tri- (cf. Latin vesica "bladder," Sanskrit vastih "bladder," Old High German wanast, German wanst "paunch, belly").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
ventrally in Medicine

ventral ven·tral (věn'trəl)

  1. Relating to or situated on or close to the abdomen; abdominal.

  2. Relating to or situated on or close to the anterior aspect of the body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
ventrally in Science
Relating to or on the front or lower surface of an animal.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for ventrally

Difficulty index for ventral

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ventrally

Scrabble Words With Friends