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of or pertaining to the venter or belly; abdominal.
Anatomy, Zoology. situated on or toward the lower, abdominal plane of the body; equivalent to the front, or anterior, in humans.
Botany, Mycology. of or designating the lower or inner surface of a structure.
Compare dorsal.

1730–40; < Latin ventrālis, equivalent to vent(e)r venter + -ālis -al1

ventrally, adverb
interventral, adjective
postventral, adjective
preventral, adjective
subventral, adjective
subventrally, adverb Unabridged
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ventral (ˈvɛntrəl)
1.  Compare dorsal relating to the front part of the body; towards the belly
2.  of, relating to, or situated on the upper or inner side of a plant organ, esp a leaf, that is facing the axis
[C18: from Latin ventrālis, from venter abdomen]

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Word Origin & History

1739, from Fr. ventral, from L.L. ventralis "of or pertaining to the belly or stomach," from L. venter (gen. ventris) "belly, paunch," from PIE *wend-tri- (cf. L. vesica "bladder," Skt. vastih "bladder," O.H.G. wanast, Ger. wanst "paunch, belly").
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Medical Dictionary

ventral ven·tral (věn'trəl)

  1. Relating to or situated on or close to the abdomen; abdominal.

  2. Relating to or situated on or close to the anterior aspect of the body.

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ventral   (věn'trəl)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to or on the front or lower surface of an animal.
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