Definition of viscera in English:


plural noun

  • The internal organs in the main cavities of the body, especially those in the abdomen, e.g. the intestines.

    • ‘Change the ice daily and they will keep for about a week or more, providing all viscera and organs (including gills) have been removed effectively.’
    • ‘Solitary lesions involving the viscera are rare.’
    • ‘Although rare, a large gallstone in the gallbladder will sometimes erode through the gallbladder wall into an adjacent viscus, usually the duodenum.’
    • ‘The weight of the abdominal viscera and adipose tissue pressed on the diaphragm, resulting in decreased chest volume.’
    • ‘In abdominal disease the symptom is particularly associated with rapid enlargement of an encapsulated organ or distension of a hollow viscus.’
    • ‘The patient suffers excruciating pains in the bones or joints, possibly blood in the urine, or lungs or intestine damage that will mimic gall bladder colic, appendicitis, or a perforated viscus.’
    • ‘In cases of of complete transposition of the viscera, the cecum and appendix lie in the left iliac fossa, and the sigmoid colon in the right.’
    • ‘Visceral pain occurs when noxious stimuli affect a viscus, such as the stomach or intestines.’
    • ‘Zarr's hair, his eyes, and some of his internal viscera remained with his bones prompting some of the terrified members of his party to retch with revulsion.’
    • ‘The viscera is essential in supporting tissue growth.’
    • ‘Also, good diaphragm and abdominal muscle tone are important in maintaining the abdominal viscera in proper position, and for proper venous drainage via the diaphragmatic pump.’
    • ‘The risks of the procedure include bile duct injuries and trocar injuries to blood vessels and abdominal viscera.’
    • ‘As evidenced in this article, the wood pulp fibers' mode of transmission into the patients' viscera might have occurred via the airborne route.’
    • ‘More extensive staging revealed multiple vertebral lesions consistent with metastases, but no spread to abdominal viscera was visualized.’
    • ‘Chemical examination of the abdominal viscera and of the gastric and intestinal content failed to disclose the presence of alcohol or any other poison.’
    • ‘They eat only the head of the salmon, avoiding the body and viscera.’
    • ‘The air sacs are present throughout the body cavity and enclose the viscera like a nut-shell.’
    • ‘Insertion with sharp instruments carries a serious risk of injuring intrathoracic or abdominal viscera.’
    • ‘Pleural fluid and viscera pleura specimens were collected at autopsy.’
    • ‘In fact what a lot of people don't realise is about 80% of that nerve actually goes from the viscera to the brain.’
    gut, guts, entrails
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Mid 17th century: from Latin, plural of viscus (see viscus).