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n. pl. ven·tric·u·li (-lī′)
A hollow digestive organ, especially the stomach of certain insects or the gizzard of a bird.

[Latin, diminutive of venter, ventr-, belly.]


n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1. (Zoology) zoology
a. the midgut of an insect, where digestion takes place
b. the gizzard of a bird
2. (Anatomy) another word for ventricle
[C18: from Latin, diminutive of venter belly]


(vɛnˈtrɪk yə ləs)

n., pl. -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1. the enlarged part of the alimentary tract of an insect in which digestion takes place.
[1685–95; < Latin; see ventricle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ventriculus - thick-walled muscular pouch below the crop in many birds and reptiles for grinding foodventriculus - thick-walled muscular pouch below the crop in many birds and reptiles for grinding food
pouch, pocket - (anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican)
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Orthogonal, whole body radiographs revealed a tubular structure of soft tissue to mineral opacity in the area of the ventriculus (Fig 1).
The weights of the proventriculus and ventriculus were lower in the group subjected to thermal stimulation with heat (1.
Both proventricilus and ventriculus were thoroughly washed and rinsed with Normal saline.
Histomorphology of the stomach, proventriculus and ventriculus of the red jungle fowl.
The precipitation of urates varied from multifocal to locally extensive areas present in the subcutaneous tissues, pectoral muscles, thigh muscles, air sacs, thoracic wall serosal surface, pericardium, epicardium, sternum, abdominal fat, abdominal wall serosal surface, serosal surface of liver, spleen, proventriculus, ventriculus, entire intestinal tract, kidneys, and articular surface within mandibular, hip and hock joints.
The proventriculus, gizzard, pancreas, duodenum (from ventriculus to pancreo-biliary ducts), jejunum (from pancreo-biliary ducts to yolk stalk) and ileum (from yolk stalk to ileocecal junction) were removed and weighed (without content and gall bladder).
Samples from brain, proventriculus, and ventriculus were embedded in paraffin wax, sectioned at 4 pm, and stained with hematoxylin and eosin.
Histology and histochemistry of the ventriculus Dolichoderus (=Monacis) bispinosus (Olivier, 1792) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Potassium chromate dissolved in water was fed by feeding syringe directly into ventriculus while Vitamin E and Se powder was fed after dissolving in (600mg Vitamin E and Se in 0.
In this case report, sedation given a patient who having severe congestive heart failure with huge mural thrombus in left ventriculus has been presented.
The parts of the digestive tract from anterior to posterior are the buccal cavity, pharynx, esophagus, crop, proventriculus, midgut (with associated gastric caeca), ventriculus, ilieum, colon, rectum, and anus.