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entrails

[en-treylz, -truh lz] /ˈɛn treɪlz, -trəlz/
plural noun
1.
the internal parts of the trunk of an animal body.
2.
the intestines.
3.
the internal parts of anything:
the entrails of a machine.
Origin
early Medieval Latin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English entrailles < Anglo-French, Middle French < Vulgar Latin *interālia (compare early Medieval Latin intrālia), alteration, by suffix change (see -al1), of Latin interānea guts, neuter plural of interāneus; see inter-, -an, -eous
Synonyms
viscera, intestines, insides, innards, guts.
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British Dictionary definitions for entrails

entrails

/ˈɛntreɪlz/
plural noun
1.
the internal organs of a person or animal; intestines; guts
2.
the innermost parts of anything
Word Origin
C13: from Old French entrailles, from Medieval Latin intrālia, changed from Latin interānea intestines, ultimately from inter between
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Word Origin and History for entrails
n.

c.1300, from Old French entrailles (12c.), from Late Latin intralia "inward parts, intestines" (8c.), from Latin interanea, neuter plural of interaneus "internal, that which is within," from inter "between, among" (see inter-).

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entrails in Medicine

entrails en·trails (ěn'trālz', -trəlz)
pl.n.
The internal organs, especially the intestines; viscera.

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