Definition of viscera in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɪs(ə)rə/

plural noun (singular viscus)

The internal organs in the main cavities of the body, especially those in the abdomen, e.g. the intestines.
Example sentences
  • Chemical examination of the abdominal viscera and of the gastric and intestinal content failed to disclose the presence of alcohol or any other poison.
  • 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.


Mid 17th century: from Latin, plural of viscus (see viscus).

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