[ vis-er-uh l ]
/ ˈvɪs ər əl /


of or relating to the viscera.
affecting the viscera.
of the nature of or resembling viscera.
characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect: a visceral reaction.
characterized by or dealing with coarse or base emotions; earthy; crude: a visceral literary style.

Origin of visceral

1565–75; < Medieval Latin viscerālis, equivalent to viscer- (see viscera) + -ālis -al1

Related forms

vis·cer·al·ly, adverbnon·vis·cer·al, adjectiveun·vis·cer·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for visceral


/ (ˈvɪsərəl) /


of, relating to, or affecting the viscera
characterized by intuition or instinct rather than intellect

Derived Forms

viscerally, adverb
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Medicine definitions for visceral


[ vĭsər-əl ]


Relating to, situated in, or affecting the viscera.
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Science definitions for visceral


[ vĭsər-ə ]

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

Related forms

visceral adjective
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