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[in-tes-tin] /ɪnˈtɛs tɪn/
Usually, intestines. the lower part of the alimentary canal, extending from the pylorus to the anus.
Also called small intestine. the narrow, longer part of the intestines, comprising the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, that serves to digest and absorb nutrients.
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.
internal; domestic; civil:
intestine strife.
Origin of intestine
1525-35; < Latin intestīnum, noun use of neuter of intestīnus internal, equivalent to intes- (variant of intus inside) + -tīnus adj. suffix; cf. vespertine Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intestines
  • 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.
  • Prior to that condoms were made of vulcanized rubber or animal intestines.
  • Some sort of far-fetched theoretical notion that pathological material may be removed through the intestines.
  • They lunge at him, hungrily tearing his horse to shreds and feasting on its intestines.
  • It has an arm, cameras and laser scanners for eyes, and a tangle of electrical intestines stuffed into its base.
  • Farther down, the doctors rummage under the slough of intestines as though through a poorly organized toolbox.
  • The bacteria releases a toxin that causes increased release of water in the intestines, which produces severe diarrhea.
British Dictionary definitions for intestines


(usually pl) the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus See large intestine, small intestine related adjective alvine
Derived Forms
intestinal (ɪnˈtɛstɪnəl; ˌɪntɛsˈtaɪnəl) adjective
intestinally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin intestīnum gut, from intestīnus internal, from intus within
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Word Origin and History for intestines

"bowels," 1590s, from Latin intestina, neuter plural of intestinus (adj.) "internal, inward, intestine," from intus "within, on the inside" (see ento-). Cf. Sanskrit antastyam, Greek entosthia "bowels." The Old English word was hropp, literally "rope."



early 15c., from Middle French intestin (14c.) or directly from Latin intestinum "a gut," in plural, "intestines, bowels," noun use of neuter of adjective intestinus "inward, internal" (see intestines). Distinction of large and small intestines in Middle English was made under the terms gross and subtle. The word also was used as an adjective in English from 1530s with a sense of "internal, domestic, civil."

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intestines in Medicine

intestine in·tes·tine (ĭn-těs'tĭn)
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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intestines in Science

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 in Culture

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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