Visceral arches
Visceral Vis"cer*al, a. [Cf. F. visc['e]ral, LL. visceralis.] 1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or affecting the viscera; splanchnic. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Having deep sensibility. [R.] --Bp. Reynolds. [1913 Webster]

3. proceeding from emotion or instinct rather than from intellect; deeply emotional; -- as, a visceral reaction. [PJC]

4. dealing with coarse or base emotions; -- as, a visceral literary style. --[RHUD] [PJC]

{Visceral arches} (Anat.), the bars or ridges between the visceral clefts.

{Visceral cavity} or {Visceral tube} (Anat.), the ventral cavity of a vertebrate, which contains the alimentary canal, as distinguished from the dorsal, or cerebro-spinal, canal.

{Visceral clefts} (Anat.), transverse clefts on the sides just back of the mouth in the vertebrate embryo, which open into the pharyngeal portion of the alimentary canal, and correspond to the branchial clefts in adult fishes. [1913 Webster]


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  • visceral arches — branchial a s …   Medical dictionary

  • Visceral — Vis cer*al, a. [Cf. F. visc[ e]ral, LL. visceralis.] 1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or affecting the viscera; splanchnic. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Having deep sensibility. [R.] Bp. Reynolds. [1913 Webster] 3. proceeding from emotion or instinct… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Visceral cavity — Visceral Vis cer*al, a. [Cf. F. visc[ e]ral, LL. visceralis.] 1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or affecting the viscera; splanchnic. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Having deep sensibility. [R.] Bp. Reynolds. [1913 Webster] 3. proceeding from emotion or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Visceral clefts — Visceral Vis cer*al, a. [Cf. F. visc[ e]ral, LL. visceralis.] 1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or affecting the viscera; splanchnic. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Having deep sensibility. [R.] Bp. Reynolds. [1913 Webster] 3. proceeding from emotion or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Visceral tube — Visceral Vis cer*al, a. [Cf. F. visc[ e]ral, LL. visceralis.] 1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or affecting the viscera; splanchnic. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Having deep sensibility. [R.] Bp. Reynolds. [1913 Webster] 3. proceeding from emotion or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • visceral arch — noun 1. : one of a series of bony or cartilaginous inverted arches that develop in the walls of the mouth cavity and pharynx of a vertebrate embryo and consist typically of a curved segmented bar or rod on each side meeting its fellow of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • visceral skeleton — the skeleton derived from the visceral arches, the mandibular arch forming the mandibles, the hyoid arch and the branchial arch, collectively called the splanchnocranium or viscerocranium …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • visceral cleft — noun : one of the clefts that occur on each side of the neck region between successive visceral arches in vertebrates and that may or may not extend through from the exterior to the cavity of the mouth and pharynx compare branchial cleft,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • visceral bar — noun : one of various cartilaginous rods forming the skeletal frame of the visceral or branchial arches in rays and sharks and in the embryos of higher vertebrates …   Useful english dictionary

  • visceral arch — one of the series of skeletal bars on either side of the pharynx, which comprise the gill arches and the jaws …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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