[ ven-truhl ]
See synonyms for ventral on
  1. of or relating to the venter or belly; abdominal.

  2. 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).

  1. Botany, Mycology. of or designating the lower or inner surface of a structure.

Origin of ventral

1730–40; <Latin ventrālis, equivalent to vent(e)rventer + -ālis-al1

Other words from ventral

  • ven·tral·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·ven·tral, adjective
  • post·ven·tral, adjective
  • pre·ven·tral, adjective
  • sub·ven·tral, adjective
  • sub·ven·tral·ly, adverb

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How to use ventral in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ventral


/ (ˈvɛntrəl) /

  1. relating to the front part of the body; towards the belly: Compare dorsal

  2. of, relating to, or situated on the upper or inner side of a plant organ, esp a leaf, that is facing the axis

Origin of ventral

C18: from Latin ventrālis, from venter abdomen

Derived forms of ventral

  • ventrally, adverb

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Scientific definitions for ventral


[ vĕntrəl ]

  1. Relating to or on the front or lower surface of an animal.

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