viscer-, viscero-, visceri-, visc-
(Latin: internal organs; all that is under the skin, all parts in the body except flesh or muscles; entrails; any large interior organ in any of the three great cavities of the body; specifically, those within the chest; such as, the heart or lungs; or in the abdomen; such as, the liver, pancreas, and intestines; and in the head; such as, the brain)
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)
An unpleasant feeling that comes from the internal organs, such as pain or an awareness 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.
visceralgia (s) (noun), visceralgias (pl)
Deep pain in any of the internal-bodily organs; usually of neurologic origin: Well known examples of visceralgia take place in the stomach, the intestines, the throat, joints in the knees, hips, etc.; and in the chest with the heart or lungs.
visceralism (s) (noun), visceralisms (pl)
The opinion or theory that the internal organs are the principal origins of diseases.
viscerate (verb), viscerates; viscerated; viscerating
To disembowel or remove the entrails of an animal: The hunters viscerated the deer after the kill, leaving the entrails for birds or other animals that feed on dead meat.
viscerimotor (s) (noun), viscerimotors (pl)
Concerning the reflexive muscular contractions of the internal organs of the body: The patient's viscerimotor was being examined to determine the progress of food that was being digested in his alimentary canal.
viscerocardiac reflex (s) (noun), viscerocardiac reflexes (pl)
Alteration in the activity of the heart in response to stimulation of another internal organ.
viscerogenic (adjective), more viscerogenic, most viscerogenic
Characteristic of reflexes in the internal organs of the abdomen or the thoracic cavities: Hester's cough was a viscerogenic response of her throat when she accidentally swallowed a piece of food before chewing it.
viscerography (s) (noun), viscerographies (pl)
An X-ray examination of the internal organs: The results of the viscerography of Dr. Long's lungs were recorded on photographic film to be read by the radiologist before forwarding it to a specialist.
visceroinhibitory (adjective), more visceroinhibitory, most visceroinhibitory
Acting or reducing the essential function of internal organs: Severe dehydration can cause a visceroinhibitory effect on the lungs and and other organs of the abdominal cavity.
visceromegaly (s) (noun), visceromegalies (pl)
A generalized enlargement of the internal organs of the abdomen: The pediatric specialists were at a loss to explain the virceromegaly affecting the young patient's stomach; and possibly, the small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, adrenal glands, or the kidneys; since all of these are part of the abdominal viscera.
visceromotor reflex (s) (noun), visceromotor reflexes (pl)
An increase in the normal tension of the tissues of the abdominal muscles resulting from painful stimuli: The bloating of the calf's stomach took place because it was over eating and so its visceromotor reflex was caused by belching gas.
visceromotor, viscerimotor (s) (adjective); more visceromotor, more viscerimotor; most visceromotor, most viscerimotor
A reference to the normal movements of the digestive tract or other internal organs: Because of the persisting constipation, the young child was admitted to hospital as the doctors wanted to track the visceromotor activity in his lower bowels.
visceroparietal (adjective), more visceroparietal, most visceroparietal
Descriptive of the organs of the abdomen and the surrounding tissue: The origin of the visceroparietal infection which the little girl had was being examined by the doctors because her stomach was in constant pain.