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Meaning of VENTRAL

Pronunciation:  'ventrul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (biology) nearest to or facing toward the axis of an organ or organism; "the upper side of a leaf is known as the adaxial surface"
  2. [adj]  toward or on or near the belly (front of a primate or lower surface of a lower animal); "the ventral aspect of the human body"; "the liver is somewhat ventral in position"; "ventral (or pelvic) fins correspond to the hind limbs of a quadruped"

VENTRAL is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: adaxial, dorsoventral
 Antonyms: abaxial, dorsal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ven"tral\, a. [L. ventralis, fr. venter the belly;
perhaps akin to G. wanst: cf. F. ventral.]
1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or situated near, the belly, or
   ventral side, of an animal or of one of its parts; hemal;
   abdominal; as, the ventral fin of a fish; the ventral root
   of a spinal nerve; -- opposed to {dorsal}.

2. (Bot.)
   (a) Of or pertaining to that surface of a carpel, petal,
       etc., which faces toward the center of a flower.
   (b) Of or pertaining to the lower side or surface of a
       creeping moss or other low flowerless plant. Opposed
       to {dorsal}.

{Ventral fins} (Zo["o]l.), the posterior pair of fins of a
   fish. They are often situated beneath the belly, but
   sometimes beneath the throat.

{Ventral segment}. (Acoustics) See {Loop}, n., 5.

Biology Dictionary
  1. The "belly" side of an organism.
  2. Of a lateral organ in plants, facing towards the subtending main stem; of a thallus, facing towards the substratum.
Compare dorsal.
 Definition: the front or bottom side of an animal or artifact.