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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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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Formalin-fixed samples of liver, lungs, heart, ventriculus, testes, brain, kidneys, small intestines, and pancreas were prepared and examined histologically.
Gaster and ventriculus should both be used for the stomach, as the case in previous editions of anatomical terminology (International Anatomical Nomenclature Committee, 1966, 1989).
[7] placed the catheter tip in the ventriculus tertius of 17 terminally ill patients who had intractable pain caused by orofacial, neck and disseminated cancer, for the intracerebroventricular (ICV) infusion of morphine.
The ventriculus contained a few rosettes of crystals within the koilin layer.
castelnaeana: body length 11.8-15.14 (13.04 [+ or -] 1.43); body width 0.186-0.266 (0.217 [+ or -] 0.025); nerve ring 0.067-0.210 (0.164 [+ or -] 0.043) esophagus length 0.673-1.026 (0.867 [+ or -] 0.095) esophagus width 0.060-0.106 (0.080 [+ or -] 0.015) ventriculus length 0.266-0.433 (0.354 [+ or -] 0.057) ventriculus width 0.086-0.160 (0.132 [+ or -] 0.024) cloaca 0.060-0.210 (0.102 [+ or -] 0.047).
The specified operating temperature range is -30[degrees]C to +60[degrees]C which is sufficient for this task where a 30[degrees]C to 40[degrees]C operating temperature is expected (implantation into ventriculus model or inside the abdominal organs of a living pig).
Next, the animals and their organs (yolk sac, heart, gastrointestinal tract [GIT], duodenal loop with pancreas, proventriculus, and ventriculus) were weighed using a scale (WeighMax[R] W-3805-100G, China) with a precision of [+ or -] 0.01g.
Most reports have identified this parasite to infect the ventriculus (Pinto et al., 1966; Vicente et al., 1995; Zhang et al., 2004, 2011), but only few cases have mentioned the proventriculus, besides the gizzard, as site of infection (Sanmartin et al., 2004; Salcedo & Villa, 2001) and very few cases have described proventricular lesion associated to Procyrnea (Salcedo & Villa, 2001).
Since there was no obstruction noted in oesophagus and endoscope was too short to reach ventriculus, an ingluviotomy approach was utilized to advance the scope for better visualization.
Histomorphology of the stomach, proventriculus and ventriculus of the red jungle fowl.