proventricular

proventriculus

[proh-ven-trik-yuh-luhs]
noun, plural proventriculi [proh-ven-trik-yuh-lahy] .
1.
the glandular portion of the stomach of birds, in which food is partially digested before passing to the ventriculus or gizzard.
2.
a similar enlargement in the alimentary tract of several invertebrates, variously modified for maceration and digestion.

Origin:
1825–35; pro-1 + ventriculus

proventricular, adjective
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proventriculus (ˌprəʊvɛnˈtrɪkjʊləs)
 
n , pl -triculi
1.  the first part of the stomach of birds, the gizzard
2.  the thick muscular stomach of crustaceans and insects; gizzard
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin pro-1 + ventriculus little belly, from venter belly]
 
proven'tricular
 
adj

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