of or relating to the venter or belly; abdominal. Anatomy, Zoology. situated on or toward the lower, abdominal plane of the body; equivalent to the front, or anterior, in humans.Compare dorsal1(def 2).
Botany, Mycology. of or designating the lower or inner surface of a structure.
Origin of ventral
1730–40;Related formsven·tral·ly, adverbin·ter·ven·tral, adjectivepost·ven·tral, adjectivepre·ven·tral, adjectivesub·ven·tral, adjectivesub·ven·tral·ly, adverb
< Latin ventrālis,
equivalent to vent(e)r venter
+ -ālis -al1
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Related Words for ventralvisceral
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Derived Formsventrally, adverb relating to the front part of the body; towards the bellyCompare dorsal
of, relating to, or situated on the upper or inner side of a plant organ, esp a leaf, that is facing the axis
Word Origin for ventral
C18: from Latin ventrālis, from venter abdomen
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Word Origin and History for ventral
1739, from French ventral, from Late Latin ventralis "of or pertaining to the belly or stomach," from Latin venter (genitive ventris) "belly, paunch," from PIE *wend-tri- (cf. Latin vesica "bladder," Sanskrit vastih "bladder," Old High German wanast, German wanst "paunch, belly").
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Relating to or situated on or close to the abdomen; abdominal.
Relating to or situated on or close to the anterior aspect of the body.
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Relating to or on the front or lower surface of an animal.
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