Etymology
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ventral (adj.)

1739, from French ventral or directly from Late Latin ventralis "of or pertaining to the belly or stomach," from Latin venter (genitive ventris) "belly, paunch; stomach, appetite; womb, unborn child," from PIE *wend-tri- (source also of Latin vesica "bladder," Sanskrit vastih "bladder," Old High German wanast, German wanst "paunch, belly"), perhaps from root *udero- "abdomen, womb, stomach" (see uterus).

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Definitions of ventral

ventral (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
ventral (or pelvic) fins correspond to the hind limbs of a quadruped
the liver is somewhat ventral in position
ventral (adj.)
nearest to or facing toward the axis of an organ or organism;
Synonyms: adaxial
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