Words nearby ventr-
WORDS THAT USE VENTR-
What does ventr- mean?
Ventr- comes from the Latin venter, meaning “belly, womb.” Ever seen a ventriloquist make it seem like their dummy’s talking? Also rooted in the Latin venter, ventriloquist literally means “stomach talker.” Discover why at our entry for ventriloquist.
Ventr- is a variant of ventro-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Ventri- is another variant of ventro-.
Examples of ventr-
One word that features the combining form ventr- is the adverb ventrad, meaning “toward the ventral side, ventrally,” that is, towards the abdomen.
The first part of the word, ventr-, means “abdomen.” The second part of the word, -ad, here means “to, towards.” So, ventrad literally means ” to the abdomen.”
What are some other forms that ventr- may be commonly confused with?
Though it starts with the letters ventr-, the word ventricle, referring especially to the lower chambers of the heart, doesn’t exactly use ventr- as a combining form. That said, ventricle still ultimately derives from the Latin word venter. The Latin word ventriculus literally means “little belly”—a good word for a ventricle or other such hollow organ or cavity.