Definitions of ventral

  1. ( 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. 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"
  3. nearest to or facing toward the axis of an organ or organism; " the upper side of a leaf is known as the adaxial surface"
  4. Of or pertaining to the lower side or surface of a creeping moss or other low flowerless plant. Opposed to dorsal.
  5. 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.
  6. Of or pertaining to the abdomen, or belly, as of an animal or serpent; as, the ventral fins of a fish: opposite to dorsal.
  7. Relating to the belly or the abdomen, abdominal; opposed to dorsal; relating to the spinal cord in man, anterior, as v. column, v. fissure.
  8. Pertaining to the venter.
  9. Belonging to the belly.
  10. Pertaining to or situated on the abdomen.
  11. Belonging to the belly; belonging to the anterior part.
  12. Of or Pert. to the belly; abdominal; in bot., applied to that part of the carpel nearest the axis, or in front.
  13. Or situated on the lower or abdominal surface; or designating that surface of a petal, etc., that faces the centre or axis of the flower; lower surface of flattened ribbon- like thalli.

Usage examples for ventral

  1. 3. Body cylindrical, scales small; ventral shields brown, rounded; tail rather short, tapering; subcaudal plates two, round. – Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2) by George Grey
  2. Similarly with the extension of the dorsal and ventral fins, the undulations of which serve to move the fish gently along in a plane parallel to the ground. – Hormones and Heredity by J. T. Cunningham
  3. A mile or two from the centre of Rockland was a pretty little Episcopal church, with a roof like a wedge of cheese, a square tower, a stained window, and a trained rector, who read the service with such ventral depth of utterance and rrreduplication of the rrresonant letter, that his own mother would not have known him for her son, if the good woman had not ironed his surplice and put it on with her own hands. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  4. The main axis is, however, at right angles to the dorso- ventral axis, and the dorsal surface, owing to the position of the aperture, can always be readily distinguished from the ventral, even when the position of the zooecium is vertical. – Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa by Nelson Annandale