WORDS THAT USE VENTRI-
What does ventri- mean?
Ventri- comes from the Latin venter, meaning “belly, womb.”
What are variants of ventri-?
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Examples of ventri-
One medical term that features ventri- is ventriduction, meaning “the drawing of a body part toward the abdomen or the abdominal wall.”
As we know, ventri- means “abdomen.” The second part of the word, -duction, comes from a Latin root variously meaning “leading, bringing, conducting.” So, ventriduction literally translates to “leading towards the abdomen.”
And have you ever seen a ventriloquist make it seem like their dummy’s talking? It comes from the Latin ventriloquus, which is composed of the Latin ventri- (“stomach”) and a derivative of loquī, “to speak.” That means a ventriloquist is literally a “stomach talker”!
What are some other forms that ventri- may be commonly confused with?
Despite starting with the letters ventri-, the word ventricle, referring especially to the lower chambers of the heart, doesn’t exactly use ventri- 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.
Break it down!
Ventricose is another word from the Latin venter, meaning “belly, womb.”
Ventricose means “swollen,” often in reference to a particular body part. Based on what you know about the combining form ventri-, what body part can be specifically described as ventricose?
How to use ventri- in a sentence
The action of the former is to straighten and stretch out the thorax; of the latter, or ventri-lateral muscles, to retract it.A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 2 of 2)|Charles Darwin
The first few vertebrae differ from the others in having very short centra and no ventri-lateral processes.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
Veluti pecora, quae natura finxit prona et obedientia ventri.The Symbolism of Freemasonry|Albert G. Mackey
He is not fashioned, veluti pecora, quae natura prona atque ventri obedientia finxit.Thoughts on Man|William Godwin
Ventri-meson: the middle line of the ventral surface of the body.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith