venter

noun
ven·​ter | \ ˈven-tər How to pronounce venter (audio) \

Definition of venter

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

First Known Use of venter

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for venter

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

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“Venter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/venter. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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venter

noun
ven·​ter | \ ˈvent-ər How to pronounce venter (audio) \

Medical Definition of venter

: 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

Venter biographical name

Ven·​ter | \ ˈven-tər How to pronounce Venter (audio) \

Definition of Venter

J(ohn) Craig 1946–     American geneticist

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