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[in-tes-tuh-nl; British in-tes-tahyn-l] /ɪnˈtɛs tə nl; British ˌɪn tɛsˈtaɪn l/
occurring in or affecting the intestines.
of, relating to, or resembling the intestines.
Origin of intestinal
1590-1600; < New Latin intestīnālis; see intestine, -al1
Related forms
intestinally, adverb
postintestinal, adjective
subintestinal, adjective Unabridged
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  • Iron may cause stomach and intestinal disturbances, however.
  • Antibiotics can cause intestinal disorders and yeast infections.
  • It worked wonders to cure intestinal diseases or dysentery.
  • Daisy was so malnourished and her intestinal lining was so damaged that she had to be fed at first through a tube in her head.
  • It tends to infect the intestinal tract more in kids, with diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Bile acids dissolve fat in water in the intestinal cavity.
  • It is the major cause of ulcers and a major cause of intestinal cancer in humans.
  • Sixteen had suffered some form of intestinal bleeding, and three had undergone surgery to repair injuries to their necks.
  • There are several possible causes of intestinal ischemia and infarction.
  • In addition, the breakdown of nutrients by the bacteria in the small intestines can damage the cells lining the intestinal wall.
Word Origin and History for intestinal

early 15c., from medical Latin intestinalis, from Latin intestinum (see intestine).

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intestinal in Medicine

intestinal in·tes·ti·nal (ĭn-těs'tə-nəl)
Of, relating to, or constituting the intestine.

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