• WordNet 3.6
    • n viscus a main organ that is situated inside the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Viscus (Anat) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n viscus Any one of the interior organs of the body, contained in one of the four great cavities of the head, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis, as the brain, heart, lung, liver, stomach, intestine, kidney, bladder, womb, etc.; especially, an abdominal viscus, as the intestine: in ordinary language generally in the plural, meaning the bowels or entrails; the vitals.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., perhaps akin to E. viscid,


In literature:

According to Ashhurst, Gamgee has collected 28 cases of rupture of this viscus, including one observed by himself.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Without enough good blood, no gland can secrete properly, no viscus can fully discharge its office.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
In such a case a cystotomy would be indicated were the bullet discovered in the viscus.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
In cold fits of the ague, the head-ach arises from consent with some torpid viscus, like the pain of the loins.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
As the viscus completely fills the cranium, the case cannot be otherwise.
"Beauty" by Alexander Walker