venter

noun

ven·​ter ˈven-tər How to pronounce venter (audio)
1
: a wife or mother that is a source of offspring
2
[borrowed from New Latin, going back to Latin] : a protuberant and often hollow anatomical structure: such as
a
: the undersurface of the abdomen of an arthropod
b
: the swollen basal portion of an archegonium in which an egg develops

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Anglo-French ventre "belly, womb, mother," going back to Latin ventr-, venter "belly, womb, bulge"; perhaps, if going back to *wet-ri- or *wed-ri- (with nasal of uncertain origin), akin to Latin uterus "womb," Sanskrit udara- — more at uterus

First Known Use

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of venter was in 1544

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Cite this Entry

“Venter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/venter. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

venter

noun
ven·​ter ˈvent-ər How to pronounce venter (audio)
: an anatomical structure that is protuberant and often hollow: as
a
: abdomen
also : a large bodily cavity (as in the head, thorax, or abdomen) containing organs

Biographical Definition

Venter

biographical name

Ven·​ter ˈven-tər How to pronounce Venter (audio)
J(ohn) Craig 1946–     American geneticist
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