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 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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 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… …   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

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  • 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

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