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viscera

[vis-er-uh]
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plural noun, singular vis·cus [vis-kuh s] /ˈvɪs kəs/.
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. the organs in the cavities of the body, especially those in the abdominal cavity.
  2. (not used scientifically) the intestines; bowels.

Origin of viscera

1645–55; < Latin: internal organs, plural of viscus flesh
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British Dictionary definitions for viscera

viscera

pl n singular viscus (ˈvɪskəs)
  1. anatomy the large internal organs of the body collectively, esp those in the abdominal cavityRelated adjective: splanchnic
  2. (less formally) the intestines; guts

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: entrails, pl of viscus internal organ
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Word Origin and History for viscera

n.

"inner organs of the body," 1650s, from Latin viscera, plural of viscus "internal organ," of unknown origin.

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viscera in Medicine

viscera

(vĭsər-ə)
pl.n.
  1. The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities.
  2. The intestines.
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viscera in Science

viscera

[vĭsər-ə]
  1. The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities.
Related formsvisceral adjective
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