American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Surrounding the viscera: a perivisceral sinus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Surrounding and containing viscera, as a cavity; perienteric; cœlomatic: chiefly said of the large or general body-cavity, called the perivisceral cavity or space, in which are contained the alimentary canal and its appendages. See cut under Actinozoa.
- adj. anatomy Around the viscera.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Anat.) Around the viscera.
- peri- + visceral (Wiktionary)
“In insects, the main indicator of the nutritional reserve level is the fat body, which appears as a spongy, aggregated mass of cells (trophocytes), whitish in color, and irregularly distributed in the perivisceral space of the thorax and the abdomen.”
“(body-cavity, perivisceral cavity) is divided into three portions completely separated from one another by septa: -- (1) proboscis-coelom, or first body-cavity; (2) the collar-coelom, or second body-cavity; (3) truncal coelom, or third body-cavity.”
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