of or pertaining to the viscera.
affecting the viscera.
of the nature of or resembling viscera.
characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect: a visceral reaction.
characterized by or dealing with coarse or base emotions; earthy; crude: a visceral literary style.

1565–75; < Medieval Latin viscerālis, equivalent to viscer- (see viscera) + -ālis -al

viscerally, adverb
nonvisceral, adjective
unvisceral, adjective Unabridged
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visceral (ˈvɪsərəl)
1.  of, relating to, or affecting the viscera
2.  characterized by intuition or instinct rather than intellect

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Word Origin & History

1570s, "affecting inward feelings," from M.Fr. viscéral, from M.L. visceralis "internal," from L. viscera, pl. of viscus "internal organ," of unknown origin. The bowels were regarded as the seat of emotion. The figurative sense vanished after 1640 and the literal sense is first recorded in 1794.
The figurative sense was revived 1940s in arts criticism.
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Medical Dictionary

visceral vis·cer·al (vĭs'ər-əl)
Relating to, situated in, or affecting the viscera.

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Science Dictionary
viscera   (vĭs'ər-ə)  Pronunciation Key 
The soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities.

visceral adjective
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Example sentences
Many people prefer the visceral experience of seeing things visually through
  the eyepiece of a telescope.
The only way to get those up-close, visceral shots of the guys on the mountain
  working was to have a camera right next to them.
It's annoying and disappointing, but it doesn't affect me in that visceral,
  blood-boiling way that it affects others.
It is possible to make software tools that enable visceral visualizations of
  the consequences of current actions.
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