[ ven-ter ]
/ ˈvɛn tər /


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


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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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for venter (1 of 2)

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

Word Origin for venter

C16: from Latin

British Dictionary definitions for venter (2 of 2)

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(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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Medical definitions for venter

[ vĕntər ]


One of the large cavities of the body.
A cavity or hollowed surface, especially of a bone.
The uterus.
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