Pertaining to the front or anterior of a structure. Ventral comes from the Latin "venter" meaning belly. Something that is ventral is oriented toward the belly, toward the front of the body. The ribs are paired elastic arches of bone that extend from the vertebrae toward the ventral aspect of the trunk, toward the ventral midline. The umbilicus (belly button) is in the ventral midline. The opposite of ventral is dorsal which comes from the Latin "dorsum" meaning "back". The ventral surface of the hand is the palm, which is opposite the dorsum of the hand. The ventral surface of the foot is the sole, which is opposite the dorsum of the foot.
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1. Pertaining to the belly or to any venter. 2. SYN: anterior (1). 3. In veterinary anatomy, the undersurface of an animal; often used to indicate the position of one structure relative to another, i.e., situated nearer the undersurface of the body. [L. ventralis]

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ven·tral 'ven-trəl adj
1) of or relating to the belly: ABDOMINAL
2 a) being or located near, on, or toward the lower surface of an animal (as a quadruped) opposite the back or dorsal surface
b) being or located near, on, or toward the front or anterior part of the human body

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relating to or situated at or close to the front of the body or to the anterior part of an organ.

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ven·tral (venґtrəl) [L. ventralis] 1. pertaining to the abdomen or to any venter. 2. denoting a position more toward the belly surface than some other object of reference; a synonym of anterior in human anatomy and of inferior in quadruped anatomy.

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  • ventral — ventral, ale, aux [ vɑ̃tral, o ] adj. • v. 1363; lat. ventralis, de venter, ventris 1 ♦ Relatif au ventre, à l abdomen. ⇒ abdominal. Nageoires ventrales. 2 ♦ Qui se porte sur le ventre. Parachute ventral, et subst. le ventral (opposé à dorsal) .… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Ventral — Ven tral, a. [L. ventralis, fr. venter the belly; perhaps akin to G. wanst: cf. F. ventral.] 1. (Anat.) 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ventral — 1739, from Fr. ventral, from L.L. ventralis of or pertaining to the belly or stomach, from L. venter (gen. ventris) belly, paunch, from PIE *wend tri (Cf. L. vesica bladder, Skt. vastih bladder, O.H.G. wanast, Ger. wanst paunch, belly ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ventral — (Del lat. ventrālis). adj. Perteneciente o relativo al vientre. ☛ V. aorta ventral …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Ventrāl — (lat.), zum Bauch (venter) gehörig, darauf bezüglich, an ihm gelegen (s. Bauch) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ventral — Ventrāl (lat.), den Bauch (venter) betreffend, an der Bauchseite gelegen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • ventral — Relativo o perteneciente a una posición hacia el abdomen; hacia delante; anterior. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • ventral — ventral, ale (van tral, tra l ) adj. 1°   Terme d anatomie. Qui appartient au ventre.    Terme de chirurgie. Hernie ventrale, hernie qui se fait dans les parois de l abdomen. 2°   Terme d histoire naturelle. Nageoires ventrales, les nageoires… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • ventral — ventral, zur Bauchseite hin gelegen; zum Bauch gehörig …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • ventral — adj. 2 g. 1. Relativo ao ventre. 2. Situado sobre o abdômen de certos animais.   ‣ Etimologia: latim ventralis, e …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

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