ven·​tri·​cose ˈven-tri-ˌkōs How to pronounce ventricose (audio)
: markedly swollen, distended, or inflated especially on one side
ventricose corollas

Word History


borrowed from New Latin ventricōsus, from Latin ventr-, venter "belly, womb" + -icōsus (in varicōsus varicose) — more at venter

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ventricose was in 1756

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“Ventricose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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