Pronunciation: (prō"ven-trik'yu-lus), [key]
—pl. -tric•u•liPronunciation: (-trik'yu-lī"). [key]
1. the glandular portion of the stomach of birds, in which food is partially digested before passing to the ventriculus or gizzard.
2. a similar enlargement in the alimentary tract of several invertebrates, variously modified for maceration and digestion.
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