ventricle

noun
ven·tri·cle | \ ˈven-tri-kəl \

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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In the spring of 2011, the wall of the ventricle had grown so thick that the chamber was unable to hold enough blood. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "How a rare heart surgery helped make music for the NFL," 30 Jan. 2018 The challenge here is not just that printing human tissue is hard, but that human hearts are very complex structures, with muscles, nerves, ventricles, valves, and blood vessels. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "This Patch of 3D-Printed Flesh Is a Step Toward a Full 3D-Printed Heart," 3 July 2018 The World Cup, bless its enormous heart — which this year is missing Italian, American, Chilean and Dutch ventricles and auricles — can bring out the worst (acting, officiating) and best (quotes, actions) in people. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Can soccer ever be in the Big Three?," 2 July 2018 Costa wondered if just being in the shape of a ventricle could give them many more of the properties found in natural heart muscle. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "These Beating Mini-Hearts Could Save Big Bucks—And Maybe Lives," 27 June 2018 The disruption weakens the left ventricle causing it to balloon. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Can you die of a broken heart? It's possible," 9 May 2018 Stroke volume refers to the volume of blood pumped per heartbeat, and end-diastolic volume is a measurement of the filling capacity of the left ventricle, according to Beyer. Mark Lieber, CNN, "A strong handshake could indicate a healthy heart," 14 Mar. 2018 The mechanical pump connects to her heart and does what the ventricle is supposed to do: pump blood. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "This mom worried about a 'purse snatching' while waiting for her new heart," 4 Apr. 2018 The left ventricle is the portion of the heart that is primarily responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. Mark Lieber, CNN, "A strong handshake could indicate a healthy heart," 14 Mar. 2018

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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

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

ventricle

noun
ven·tri·cle | \ ˈven-tri-kəl \

Kids Definition of ventricle

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

ventricle

noun
ven·tri·cle | \ ˈven-tri-kəl \

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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