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viscus

[vis-kuh s] /ˈvɪs kəs/
noun
1.
singular of viscera.

viscera

[vis-er-uh] /ˈvɪs ər ə/
plural noun, singular viscus
[vis-kuh s] /ˈvɪs kəs/ (Show IPA)
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. the organs in the cavities of the body, especially those in the abdominal cavity.
2.
(not used scientifically) the intestines; bowels.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin: internal organs, plural of viscus flesh
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  • The facial tube is loosely attached to the rectal wall by areolar tissue in order to allow of distension of the viscus.
British Dictionary definitions for viscus

viscus

/ˈvɪskəs/
noun
1.
the singular of viscera

viscera

/ˈvɪsərə/
plural noun (sing) viscus (ˈvɪskəs)
1.
(anatomy) the large internal organs of the body collectively, esp those in the abdominal cavity related adjective splanchnic
2.
(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 viscus

viscera

n.

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

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viscus in Medicine

viscera vis·cer·a (vĭs'ər-ə)
pl.n.

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

  2. The intestines.

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

visceral adjective
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