ventricle

noun
ven·​tri·​cle | \ ˈven-tri-kəl How to pronounce ventricle (audio) \

Definition of ventricle

: a cavity of a bodily part or organ: such as
a : a chamber of the heart which receives blood from a corresponding atrium and from which blood is forced into the arteries — see heart illustration
b : any of a system of communicating cavities in the brain that are continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord — see brain illustration

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For instance, skull shape and size may also have an impact on the anatomy of ventricles, the spaces that hold cerebrospinal fluid, which is critical for brain health. Jason Bittel, chicagotribune.com, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 10 Sep. 2019 For instance, skull shape and size may also have an impact on the anatomy of ventricles, the spaces that hold cerebrospinal fluid, which is critical for brain health. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 3 Sep. 2019 Now able to print ultrafine details 0.02 millimeter across, the researchers printed a whole collagen heart equivalent to that of a newborn infant, complete with ventricles, veins and arteries. Scientific American, "Fang Needles, Quantum Carpets and Tender Robot Touches: The Week's Best Science GIFs," 2 Aug. 2019 Doctors identified a golf ball-sized clot in the left ventricle of his heart, putting him at immediate risk for a stroke. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Ride from the heart connects transplant recipient, family of fallen Navy officer," 29 July 2019 With a kinked aorta, holes in her heart and two right ventricles, the shape of Syah’s heart is rare, making surgical repairs complicated. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "3D printed hearts and joints? Doctors at UMMC, VA Hospital are starting with models," 24 July 2019 Hers was all backed up, and her ventricles were really large. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Emergency surgery didn't stop a terminally ill Hartland girl from throwing the first pitch at a baseball game," 12 July 2019 Doctors told investigators Butler had a stab wound — about six-inches deep — to the left ventricle of his heart, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "She ‘wanted to scare him,’ but plunged a knife into his heart, killing him, detectives say," 25 June 2019 Wisz was diagnosed as an infant with aortic stenosis, a heart condition that causes the narrowing of the aortic valve and restricts blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta. Allen Kim, CNN, "She needed open-heart surgery, but she was determined to help her team win a championship first," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of ventricle

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ventricle

Middle English, borrowed from Latin ventriculus "belly, stomach, cavity in an organ," from ventr-, venter "belly, womb" + -culus, diminutive suffix (variant of -ulus -ule with nouns of the 3rd, 4th and 5th declensions) — more at venter

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ventricle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ventricle

technical : one of two sections of the heart that pump blood out to the body

ventricle

noun
ven·​tri·​cle | \ ˈven-tri-kəl How to pronounce ventricle (audio) \

Kids Definition of ventricle

: the part of the heart from which blood passes into the arteries

ventricle

noun
ven·​tri·​cle | \ ˈven-tri-kəl How to pronounce ventricle (audio) \

Medical Definition of ventricle

: a cavity of a bodily part or organ: as
a : a chamber of the heart which receives blood from a corresponding atrium and from which blood is forced into the arteries
b : one of the system of communicating cavities in the brain that are continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord, that like it are derived from the medullary canal of the embryo, that are lined with an epithelial ependyma, and that contain a serous fluid — see lateral ventricle, third ventricle, fourth ventricle
c : a fossa or pouch on each side of the larynx between the false vocal cords above and the true vocal cords below

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