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Definition of "visceral" []

  • Relating to, situated in, or affecting the viscera. (adjective)
  • Perceived in or as if in the viscera; profound: "The scientific approach to life is not really appropriate to states of visceral anguish” ( Anthony Burgess). (adjective)
  • Instinctive: visceral needs. See Synonyms at instinctive. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "visceral" in a sentence
  • "This is the disruption or abnormal stimulation of the inner ear's vestibular system by turbine infrasound and low-frequency noise, the most distinctive feature of which is a group of symptoms which she calls visceral vibratory vestibular disturbance, or VVVD."
  • "The detail of the interactions between the badly paid women, their resentful families, the loan sharks, the exploitative employers, and the distant forces of law and order, are all depicted in visceral detail."
  • "In the article, Boroom talks about an article, "Role for protease activity in visceral pain in irritable bowel syndrome", by Nicolas Cenac."