• enPR: vĕnʹtrĭ-kəl, IPA: /ˈvɛntɹɪkəl/

ventricle (plural ventricles)

  1. (anatomy, zoology) Any small cavity within a body; a hollow part or organ, especially:
    1. (anatomy) One of two lower chambers of the heart.
    2. (anatomy) One of four cavities in the brain.
    3. (archaic, anatomy, zoology) The stomach.
      • 1662, Henry More, An Antidote Against Atheism, Book II, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 72:
        [On birds] "Where omitting the more general Properties, of having two Ventricles, and picking up stones to conveigh them into their second Ventricle, the Gizzern, (which provision and instinct is a supply for the want of teeth;) […] "
    4. (archaic) The womb.
Related terms Translations
  • German: Herzkammer
  • Italian: ventricolo
  • Portuguese: ventrículo
  • Russian: желудочек
  • Spanish: ventrículo
  • Portuguese: ventrículo

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