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ventral

adjective ven·tral \ ˈven-trəl \
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

Definition of ventral

1 a : of or relating to the belly : abdominal
b : being or located near or on the anterior or lower surface of an animal opposite the back
2 : being or located on the lower surface of a dorsiventral plant structure

ventrally

play \-trə-lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of ventral

borrowed from Late Latin ventrālis, from Latin ventr-, venter "belly, abdomen" + -ālis 1-al — more at venter


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ventral

noun

Definition of ventral

: a ventral part (such as a scale or fin)

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First Known Use of ventral

1834

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VENTRAL Defined for Kids

ventral

adjective ven·tral \ ˈven-trəl \

Definition of ventral for Students

: of, relating to, or being on or near the surface of the body that in human beings is the front but in most animals is the lower surface
  • a fish's ventral fins

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ventral

adjective ven·tral \ ˈven-trəl \

medical Definition of ventral

1 : of or relating to the belly : abdominal
2 a : being or located near, on, or toward the lower surface of an animal (as a quadruped) opposite the back or dorsal surface
b : being or located near, on, or toward the front or anterior part of the human body

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