[ proh-ven-trik-yuh-luhs ]
/ ˌproʊ vɛnˈtrɪk yə ləs /
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noun, plural pro·ven·tric·u·li [proh-ven-trik-yuh-lahy]. /ˌproʊ vɛnˈtrɪk yəˌlaɪ/.
the glandular portion of the stomach of birds, in which food is partially digested before passing to the ventriculus or gizzard.
a similar enlargement in the alimentary tract of several invertebrates, variously modified for maceration and digestion.
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Example sentences from the Web for proventriculus
One specimen, two inches long, reached from the crop to the proventriculus.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
The first appears like an elongated dilatation of the œsophagus, forming the Proventriculus or glandular stomach.The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity|George. S. Huntington
British Dictionary definitions for proventriculus
/ (ˌprəʊvɛnˈtrɪkjʊləs) /
noun plural -triculi (-ˈtrɪkjʊˌlaɪ)
the first part of the stomach of birds, the gizzard
the thick muscular stomach of crustaceans and insects; gizzard
Derived forms of proventriculusproventricular, adjective
Word Origin for proventriculus
C19: from New Latin, from Latin pro- 1 + ventriculus little belly, from venter belly
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