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viscera

[ vis-er-uh ]
/ ˈvɪs ər ə /
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plural noun, singular vis·cus [vis-kuh s] /ˈvɪs kəs/.

Anatomy, Zoology. the organs in the cavities of the body, especially those in the abdominal cavity.
(not used scientifically) the intestines; bowels.

RELATED WORDS

bowels, insides, entrails, guts, innards, intestines

Nearby words

visayan islands, visby, visc., viscacha, viscaria, viscera, viscerad, visceral, visceral anesthesia, visceral arch, visceral cleft

Origin of viscera

1645–55; < Latin: internal organs, plural of viscus flesh
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British Dictionary definitions for viscera

viscera

/ (ˈvɪsərə) /

pl n singular viscus (ˈvɪskəs)

anatomy the large internal organs of the body collectively, esp those in the abdominal cavityRelated adjective: splanchnic
(less formally) the intestines; guts

Word Origin for viscera

C17: from Latin: entrails, pl of viscus internal organ
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Word Origin and History for viscera

viscera


n.

"inner organs of the body," 1650s, from Latin viscera, plural of viscus "internal organ," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for viscera

viscera

[ vĭsər-ə ]

pl.n.

The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities.
The intestines.
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Science definitions for viscera

viscera

[ vĭsər-ə ]

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