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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intestines
"bowels," 1597, from L. intestina, neut. pl. of intestinus (adj.) "internal, inward, intestine," from intus "within, on the inside." Cf. Skt. antastyam, Gk. entosthia "bowels." The O.E. word was hropp, lit. "rope."
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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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intestines definition


The part of the gastrointestinal tract that extends from the stomach to the anus. The intestines are further subdivided into the large intestine and small intestine. (See digestive system.)

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Example sentences
Often only the intestines and a pair of long white ears remain.
He pulled the intestines out of the dog and started stomping the dog until
  blood came out of his mouth.
Animals are wired up internally by blood vessels, nerves, intestines and so.
Only when they hatch in the intestines do they produce their toxins.
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