intestine

[in-tes-tin]
noun
1.
Usually, intestines. the lower part of the alimentary canal, extending from the pylorus to the anus.
2.
Also called small intestine. the narrow, longer part of the intestines, comprising the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, that serves to digest and absorb nutrients.
3.
Also called large intestine. the broad, shorter part of the intestines, comprising the cecum, colon, and rectum, that absorbs water from and eliminates the residues of digestion.
adjective
4.
internal; domestic; civil: intestine strife.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin intestīnum, noun use of neuter of intestīnus internal, equivalent to intes- (variant of intus inside) + -tīnus adj. suffix; cf. vespertine

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intestine (ɪnˈtɛstɪn)
 
n
(usually plural) large intestine See small intestine the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anusRelated: alvine
 
Related: alvine
 
[C16: from Latin intestīnum gut, from intestīnus internal, from intus within]
 
intestinal
 
adj
 
in'testinally
 
adv

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intestine in·tes·tine (ĭn-těs'tĭn)
n.
The portion of the alimentary canal extending from the stomach to the anus and, in humans and other mammals, consisting of two segments, the small intestine and the large intestine.

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The muscular tube that forms the part of the digestive tract extending from the stomach to the anus and consisting of the small and large intestines. In the intestine, nutrients and water from digested food are absorbed and waste products are solidified into feces. See also large intestine, small intestine.

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intestine

tubular part of the alimentary canal that extends from the stomach to the anus. The intestine is the site of most chemical digestive processes and the place where digested food materials are either absorbed for use by the body or collected into feces for elimination. The anterior part of the intestine, which is linked to the stomach, is called the small intestine. It is followed by a shorter, wider segment called the large intestine, which terminates in the anus.

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