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  1. Anatomy, Zoology.
    1. the abdomen or belly.
    2. a bellylike cavity or concavity.
    3. a bellylike protuberance.
  2. Law. the womb, or a wife or mother, as a source of offspring.

Origin of venter

First recorded in 1535–45, venter is from the Latin word venter belly, womb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for venter


  1. anatomy zoology
    1. the belly or abdomen of vertebrates
    2. a protuberant structure or part, such as the belly of a muscle
  2. botany the swollen basal region of an archegonium, containing the developing ovum
  3. law the womb
  4. in venter law conceived but not yet born

Word Origin for venter

C16: from Latin


  1. (John) Craig. born 1946, US biologist: founder of the Institute for Genomic Research (1992) whose work contributed greatly to the mapping of the human genome
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venter in Medicine


  1. abdomen
  2. belly
  3. One of the large cavities of the body.
  4. A cavity or hollowed surface, especially of a bone.
  5. The uterus.
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