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Ventricose is an adjective describing the condition of a mushroom or a gastropod that it is "swollen, distended, or inflated especially on one side".[1]


In mycology, ventricose is a condition in which the cystidia, lamella or stipe of a mushroom is swollen in the middle.


In gastropods, if the shell of a snail is ventricose or subventricose, it means the whorl of the shell is swollen.


  1. ^ "Definition of ventricose". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2018-07-24.