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a combining form meaning “abdomen,” used in the formation of compound words: ventrodorsal.



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Also ventr-, ventri-.

Origin of ventro-

Combining form of New Latin venterventer; see -o-
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What does ventro- mean?

Ventro- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “abdomen.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy.

Ventro- comes from the Latin venter, meaning “belly, womb.” Ever seen a ventriloquist make it seem like their dummy’s talking? Also rooted in the Latin venter, ventriloquist literally means “stomach talker.” Discover why at our entry for ventriloquist.

What are variants of ventro-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, ventro- becomes ventr-, as in ventrad. Ventri-, as in ventriduction, is also a variant of ventro-.

Examples of ventro-

An example of a word you may have encountered that features ventro- is ventrotomy, also known as a celiotomy or laparotomy, meaning “incision through the abdominal wall.”

The first part of the word, ventro-, means “abdomen.” The second part of the word, -tomy, might also look familiar. It means “cutting, incision.” Ventrotomy, putting it all back together, literally translates to “abdomen incision.”

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What are some other forms that ventro- may be commonly confused with?

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The word dorsal can refer to the back or posterior. With this in mind, what parts of the body would a ventrodorsal X-ray show, generally speaking?

Medical definitions for ventro-



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