[ ven-tri-kohs ]
/ ˈvɛn trɪˌkoʊs /


swollen, especially on one side or unequally; protuberant.
having a large abdomen.

Origin of ventricose

From the New Latin word ventricōsus, dating back to 1750–60. See venter, -ic, -ose1
Related formsven·tri·cos·i·ty [ven-tri-kos-i-tee] /ˌvɛn trɪˈkɒs ɪ ti/, nounsub·ven·tri·cose, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ventricose


/ (ˈvɛntrɪˌkəʊs) /


botany zoology anatomy having a swelling on one side; unequally inflatedthe ventricose corolla of many labiate plants
another word for corpulent
Derived Formsventricosity (ˌvɛntrɪˈkɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for ventricose

C18: from New Latin ventricōsus, from Latin venter belly
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Medicine definitions for ventricose


[ vĕntrĭ-kōs′ ]


Inflated, swollen, or distended, especially on one side.
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