adjective Etymology: New Latin ventricosus, from Latin ventr-, venter + -icosus (as in varicosus varicose) Date: 1756 markedly swollen, distended, or inflated especially on one side <
ventricose corollas

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  • Ventricose — Ven tri*cose , Ventricous Ven tri*cous, a. [NL. ventricosus, fr. L. venter belly.] (Nat. Hist.) Swelling out on one side or unequally; bellied; ventricular; as, a ventricose corolla. [1913 Webster] {Ventricose shell}. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A spiral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ventricose — [ven′trikōs΄] adj. [ModL ventricosus < L venter, belly: see VENTRAL] 1. large bellied 2. Biol. swelling out on one side ventricosity [ven΄trikäs′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • ventricose — adj. [L. dim. venter, belly] 1. Distended, inflated toward the middle. 2. (MOLLUSCA: Gastropoda) In Harpidae, having the whorls or valves swollen or strongly convex; inflated in the middle or on one side …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • ventricose — ventricosity /ven tri kos i tee/, n. /ven tri kohs /, adj. 1. swollen, esp. on one side or unequally; protuberant. 2. having a large abdomen. [1750 60; < NL ventricosus. See VENTER, IC, OSE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • ventricose — adjective a) distended b) A structure which is broadest in the middle and tapers toward the ends …   Wiktionary

  • ventricose — Bulging or swollen on one side or unequally. * * * ven·tri·cose (venґtrĭ kōs) having an expansion or belly on one side …   Medical dictionary

  • ventricose — adj. swollen, potbellied …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ventricose — a.; (also ventricous) (Bot.) Distended, bellied, inflated …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • ventricose — ven·tri·cose …   English syllables

  • ventricose — ven•tri•cose [[t]ˈvɛn trɪˌkoʊs[/t]] adj. 1) zool. protuberant on one side 2) pat zool. having a large abdomen • Etymology: 1750–60; < NL ventricōsus. See venter, ic, ose I …   From formal English to slang