ven·​tric·​u·​lar ven-ˈtri-kyə-lər How to pronounce ventricular (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a ventricle
ventricular fibrillation
ventricular pressure
ventricular myocardium

Examples of ventricular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common postmortem findings among the athletes either found no specific reason for the sudden cardiac arrest or found that idiopathic left ventricular hypertrophy (the thickening of the heart's left pumping chamber) or possible cardiomyopathy (a disease of the heart muscle) were to blame. Mary Whitfill Roeloffs, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The study compared response times to ventricular fibrillation among telemetry watchers responsible for five different patient loads: 16, 24, 32, 40 and 48 patients. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 21 Dec. 2023 The most common reason is a premature heartbeat, also called premature ventricular or premature atrial contractions. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 4 Oct. 2023 Regarding the links between coffee intake and premature ventricular contractions, caffeine can contain active metabolites such as aminophylline, which is used in asthma medications and, in high doses, is known to induce arrhythmias, Marcus said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 27 Mar. 2023 Hassan was born with a very large hole between the ventricles of her heart, called a VSD (ventricular septal defect), according to her surgeon, Dr. Timothy Pettitt from Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 31 Oct. 2023 Jake had arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a disease in which fatty fibrous tissue replaces normal heart muscle. The Indianapolis Star, 5 Jan. 2023 Sammy, Jennifer and Frankie all came back positive for a rare genetic heart rhythm condition known as catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), which can cause fainting, seizures and sudden cardiac arrest in otherwise healthy people. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 1 Oct. 2023 Guardia, who shared Figueroa with former partner Joan Sebastian, said her son died from acute myocardial infarction and ventricular fibrillation. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 11 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin ventriculāris, from Latin ventriculus "stomach, ventricle" + -āris -ar

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ventricular was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Ventricular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


ven·​tric·​u·​lar ven-ˈtrik-yə-lər, vən- How to pronounce ventricular (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a ventricle especially of the heart or brain

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