venter

noun ven·ter \ ˈven-tər \

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

Recent Examples of venter from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'venter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of 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


Venter

biographical name Ven·ter \ ˈven-tər \

Definition of Venter

J(ohn) Craig 1946–     American geneticist

Medical Dictionary

venter

noun ven·ter \ ˈvent-ər \

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
b : belly 2

Learn More about venter


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up venter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or being an oracle

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman-tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!