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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Science Dictionary
ventral   (věn'trəl)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to or on the front or lower surface of an animal.
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Example sentences
Work from the dorsal and ventral sides into the center to cut serving-size
Both are equally beautiful in the warm, wet season, when their ventral wings
  have multiple large eyespots.
One pathway is known as the ventral route, and it's direct and efficient,
  accounting for the vast majority of our reading.
By expelling oxygen from the lungs and contracting the ventral muscles, this
  obstacle may be temporarily overcome.
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