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1. A reference to feeling something bodily: Mike and Jimmy had visceral sensations as they were riding on the roller coaster.
2. Pertaining to a feeling (not necessarily factually based) about a situation, etc.; a gut reaction to something: Watching a meteor shower in the night sky gave Carol a visceral feeling of being close to the heavens.
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abdominal fascia, visceral abdominal fascia, parietal abdominal fascia, extraperitoneal fascia
A term for the fascia (sheet or band of connective tissue covering or binding together parts of the body; such as, muscles or organs) that forms part of the general layer which lines the walls of the abdominal cavity and investing (process of covering) the abdominal organs.
It is subdivided into visceral abdominal fascia (internal organs of the abdomen), parietal abdominal fascia (connective tissue lining the wall of the abdominal cavity), and extraperitoneal fascia (thin layer of connective tissue and adipose or fat tissue).
cranium viscerale, visceral cranium
The facial skeleton that encloses the mouth and nose, and helps to form, with the cerebral cranium, the orbit that encloses the eyes.
It includes the movable mandible (lower jawbone hinged to open the mouth) and the hyoid bone that supports the tongue and is suspended from the base of the skull.
visceral cranium (s) (noun)
, visceral craniums (pl)
The portion of the skull which forms the face and the jaws: The plastic surgeon carefully reconstructed the visceral cranium of the patient who had been severely injured in a car accident.
visceral crisis (s) (noun)
, visceral crises (pl)
Severe, recurring pains as the result of the degeneration of the spinal cord in anyone who has been suffering from syphilis: Such a visceral crisis
is a complication which affects the spinal cord, causing abnormalities of sensations; sharp pains, incoordination, and incontinence; which appear several years after the infection.
Another version that describes the terrible conditions of this visceral crisis also involves what is known as tabes dorsalis which includes the lightning-like pain attacks, ataxia (wobbliness), deterioration of the nerves to the eyes (the optic nerves) leading to blindness, urinary incontinence, loss of the sense of one's physical balance, and the degeneration of the joints or the inability to feel pain because of nerve damage.
visceral ectopia (s) (noun)
, visceral ectopias (pl)
An abnormal position of a body part or an organ; especially at the time of birth: The pediatric surgeon performed delicate surgery on the infant because the visceral ectopia of the infant's bladder was down within the abdominal cavity.
visceral muscle (s) (noun)
, visceral muscles (pl)
Smooth or involuntary tendons that function to produce movements as parts of the body: The visceral muscles
consist of fibers which move the internal organs; such as, the digestive tract, blood vessels, and the ducts leading from the glands.
No one has any conscious control over the visceral muscles.
While the skeletal muscle fibers are arranged in bundles, the smooth visceral muscle forms sheets of fibers as it wraps around tubes and vessels.
visceral pericardium (s) (noun)
, pericardia (pl)
A fibrous and membranous sac which surrounds the heart: The pericardium is composed of two layers, the visceral pericardium
, which is closest to the heart; and the parietal ("wall") pericardium, that is lining the outer fibrous coat.
The pericardial cavity, between the visceral pericardium and the parietal pericardium; normally contains 10 to 15 mL (0.33814 to 0.50721 US fluid ounces) of pericardial fluid, which lubricates the membranes while the heart is beating.
visceral peritoneum (s) (noun)
; peritonea, peritoneums (pl)
The inner layer of a multilayered membrane that protects and holds the organs of the abdominal cavity in place: The visceral peritoneum forms a complete covering that is wrapped around the internal organs including the lower part of the esophagus, the stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and bladder.
visceral pleura (s) (noun)
, visceral pleura (pl)
A double-folded membrane that covers each lung: The outer layer of the pleura, closest to the ribs, is the parietal pleura, while the inner layer, which is close to the lung, is the visceral pleura
A thin, watery fluid, called the serous secretion keeps the pleura from being dry and facilitates the movements of the lungs within the chest or thorax.
visceral sensation (s) (noun)
, visceral sensations (pl)
Any crude feelings that come from the internal organs; such as, pain or a feeling of distention or fullness: Mr. Simon complained to his doctor about the visceral sensation which he experienced in his abdomen; especially, after eating a big meal.
visceral skeleton (s) (noun)
, visceral skeletons (pl)
The bony formations of the body that enclose pelvic and thoracic organs: The pelvis, ribs, and the cranium (head) and sternum (breastbone), are parts of the visceral skeleton.