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viscera

[ vis-er-uh ]
/ ˈvɪs ər ə /
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Definition of viscera

plural noun, singular vis·cus [vis-kuhs]. /ˈvɪs kəs/.
Anatomy, Zoology. the organs in the cavities of the body, especially those in the abdominal cavity.
(not used scientifically) the intestines; bowels.
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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

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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Medical 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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Scientific definitions for viscera

viscera
[ vĭsər-ə ]

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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