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plural noun,singular vis·cus [vis-kuhs]. /ˈvɪs kəs/.
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. the organs in the cavities of the body, especially those in the abdominal cavity.

  2. (not used scientifically) the intestines; bowels.

Origin of viscera

First recorded in 1645–55; from Latin: literally “soft, fleshy parts of a body, internal organs, meat” plural of viscus

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British Dictionary definitions for viscera


/ (ˈvɪsərə) /

pl nsingular viscus (ˈvɪskəs)
  1. anatomy the large internal organs of the body collectively, esp those in the abdominal cavity: Related adjective: splanchnic

  2. (less formally) the intestines; guts

Origin of viscera

C17: from Latin: entrails, pl of viscus internal organ

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Scientific definitions for viscera


[ vĭsər-ə ]

  1. The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities.

Other words from viscera

  • visceral adjective

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