Ventricle Definition

vĕntrĭ-kəl
ventricles
noun
ventricles
Any of various cavities or hollow organs.
Webster's New World
Any of four fluid-filled cavities in the brain of vertebrate animals. The ventricles are filled with cerebrospinal fluid.
American Heritage Science
Synonyms:
  • heart ventricle
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other
A chamber of the heart that receives blood from one or more atria and pumps it by muscular contraction into the arteries. Mammals, birds, and reptiles have two ventricles; amphibians and fish have one.
American Heritage Science
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Other Word Forms of Ventricle

Noun

Singular:
ventricle
Plural:
ventricles

Origin of Ventricle

  • From French ventricule, from Latin ventriculus (“belly, stomach, ventricle"), diminutive of venter (“belly, stomach, womb")

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French ventricule from Latin ventriculus diminutive of venter belly

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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