viscus

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From New Latin, from Latin viscus (any internal organ of the body), perhaps akin to English viscid.

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viscus (plural viscera)

  1. (anatomy) One of the organs, as the brain, heart, or stomach, in the great cavities of the body of an animal; especially used in the plural, and applied to the organs contained in the abdomen.
  2. Specifically, the intestines.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of unclear origin;[1] possibly Proto-Indo-European *weys- (to turn, rotate).

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Noun[edit]

viscus n (genitive visceris); third declension

  1. Any internal organ of the body.
  2. (anatomy) entrails, viscera

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative viscus viscera
genitive visceris viscerum
dative viscerī visceribus
accusative viscus viscera
ablative viscere visceribus
vocative viscus viscera

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  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill

Further reading[edit]

  • viscus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • viscus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • viscus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, ISBN 978-1-4931-9108-6