ventricle

[ ven-tri-kuh l ]
/ ˈvɛn trɪ kəl /
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noun

Zoology. any of various hollow organs or parts in an animal body.
Anatomy.
  1. either of the two lower chambers on each side of the heart that receive blood from the atria and in turn force it into the arteries.
  2. one of a series of connecting cavities of the brain.

Nearby words

  1. ventral plate of neural tube,
  2. ventral root,
  3. ventral thalamic peduncle,
  4. ventrally,
  5. ventri-,
  6. ventricles,
  7. ventricose,
  8. ventricosity,
  9. ventricular,
  10. ventricular artery

Origin of ventricle

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ventriculus belly, ventricle. See venter, -i-, -cle1

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British Dictionary definitions for ventricle

ventricle

/ (ˈvɛntrɪkəl) /

noun anatomy

a chamber of the heart, having thick muscular walls, that receives blood from the atrium and pumps it to the arteries
any one of the four main cavities of the vertebrate brain, which contain cerebrospinal fluid
any of various other small cavities in the body

Word Origin for ventricle

C14: from Latin ventriculus, diminutive of venter belly

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Word Origin and History for ventricle

ventricle

n.

late 14c., from Latin ventriculus "stomach," diminutive of venter (genitive ventris) "belly" (see ventral).

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Medicine definitions for ventricle

ventricle

[ vĕntrĭ-kəl ]

n.

A small cavity or chamber within a body or organ, especially the right or left ventricle of the heart or any of the interconnecting ventricles of the brain.

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Science definitions for ventricle

ventricle

[ vĕntrĭ-kəl ]

A chamber of the heart that receives blood from one or more atria and pumps it by muscular contraction into the arteries. Mammals, birds, and reptiles have two ventricles; amphibians and fish have one.
Any of four fluid-filled cavities in the brain of vertebrate animals. The ventricles are filled with cerebrospinal fluid.
Related formsventricular adjective (vĕn-trĭkyə-lər)

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