One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A hollow part or cavity in an organ.
space, chamber, hollow, hole, pocket, pouchView synonyms
- ‘As the impulse travels down the bundles, the ventricles contract and the cycle repeats itself.’
- ‘It communicated with the left ventricle through an orifice surrounded by pearly endocardial plaque.’
- 1.1 Each of the two main chambers of the heart, left and right.
- ‘Blood vessels that originate from the right and left ventricles are designated as arteries and have a distinctive structure.’
- ‘Blood flows from the right atrium to the right ventricle through the tricuspid valve.’
- ‘In chickens, the right ventricle of the heart enlarges and can't pump blood efficiently to the lungs.’
- ‘At operation, dense adhesions between the left lung and the right and left ventricle were present.’
- ‘After passing to the left ventricle through the mitral valve, blood goes to the aorta.’
- 1.2 Each of the four connected fluid-filled cavities in the centre of the brain.
- ‘Examination of the brain revealed only enlarged lateral and third ventricles.’
- ‘There was no definite plane between the tumor and the floor of the fourth ventricle.’
- ‘The fourth ventricle is between the pons and cerebellum.’
- ‘The subarachnoid space is continuous with the cavities of the cerebral ventricles.’
- ‘Finally, the perceived object could enter into the rear ventricle of the brain, the memory.’
Late Middle English: from Latin ventriculus, diminutive of venter ‘belly’.
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