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[vis-er-uh] /ˈvɪs ər ə/
plural noun, singular viscus
[vis-kuh s] /ˈvɪs kəs/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy, Zoology. the organs in the cavities of the body, especially those in the abdominal cavity.
(not used scientifically) the intestines; bowels.
Origin of viscera
1645-55; < Latin: internal organs, plural of viscus flesh Unabridged
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Examples from the web for viscera
  • What you see getting cut into pieces in the video is the squid's viscera.
  • If other animals had killed the lion, she said, the tasty viscera would have been long gone by the time the early humans arrived.
  • It is a sedative to the viscera, a tonic, antipyretic.
  • viscera-Under normal conditions the various portions of the digestive tube cannot be identified by simple palpation.
  • Visually, there are unnecessary scenes of protruding viscera and the lancing of an infected leg.
  • The internal anatomy of serpents resembles that of other vertebrates, but the viscera are modified to fit a tubular body.
  • The viscera is likely being used as a component in a spell against someone.
  • Rinse mantle thoroughly with cold water to remove any remaining viscera.
British Dictionary definitions for viscera


plural noun (sing) viscus (ˈvɪskəs)
(anatomy) the large internal organs of the body collectively, esp those in the abdominal cavity related adjective splanchnic
(less formally) the intestines; guts
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: entrails, pl of viscus internal organ
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Word Origin and History for viscera

"inner organs of the body," 1650s, from Latin viscera, plural of viscus "internal organ," of unknown origin.

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viscera in Medicine

viscera vis·cer·a (vĭs'ər-ə)

  1. The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities.

  2. The intestines.

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viscera in Science
The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities.

visceral adjective
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