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[ven-tri-kuh l] /ˈvɛn trɪ kəl/
Zoology. any of various hollow organs or parts in an animal body.
  1. either of the two lower chambers on each side of the heart that receive blood from the atria and in turn force it into the arteries.
  2. one of a series of connecting cavities of the brain.
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin ventriculus belly, ventricle. See venter, -i-, -cle1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ventricles
  • Its lateral margins are modified to form the highly vascular choroid plexuses of the lateral ventricles.
  • The atria are receiving chambers, and the ventricles distributing ones.
  • The ventricles are then being stimulated by more than one pacemaker.
British Dictionary definitions for ventricles


noun (anatomy)
a chamber of the heart, having thick muscular walls, that receives blood from the atrium and pumps it to the arteries
any one of the four main cavities of the vertebrate brain, which contain cerebrospinal fluid
any of various other small cavities in the body
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ventriculus, diminutive of venter belly
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Word Origin and History for ventricles



late 14c., from Latin ventriculus "stomach," diminutive of venter (genitive ventris) "belly" (see ventral).

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ventricles in Medicine

ventricle ven·tri·cle (věn'trĭ-kəl)
A small cavity or chamber within a body or an organ, especially the right or left ventricle of the heart or any of the interconnecting ventricles of the brain.

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ventricles in Science
  1. 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.

  2. Any of four fluid-filled cavities in the brain of vertebrate animals. The ventricles are filled with cerebrospinal fluid.

ventricular adjective (věn-trĭk'yə-lər)
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ventricles in Culture
ventricles [(ven-tri-kuhlz)]

The two lower chambers of the heart, which receive blood from the atria and pump it into the arteries. (See circulatory system.)

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