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jejunum

[ji-joo-nuh m] /dʒɪˈdʒu nəm/
noun, Anatomy
1.
the middle portion of the small intestine, between the duodenum and the ileum.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin jējūnum, noun use of neuter of jējūnus empty, poor, mean; so called because thought to be empty after death
Related forms
jejunal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for jejunal

jejunum

/dʒɪˈdʒuːnəm/
noun
1.
the part of the small intestine between the duodenum and the ileum
Derived Forms
jejunal, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from jējūnus empty; from the belief that the jejunum is empty after death
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Word Origin and History for jejunal

jejunum

n.

late 14c., from Latin ieiunum, neuter of ieiunus (see jejune). Translating Greek nestis (Galen). So called because it typically is found empty during dissections, perhaps because it would tend to drain in a body laid on its back.

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jejunal in Medicine

jejunal je·ju·nal (jə-jōō'nəl)
adj.
Relating to the jejunum.

jejunum je·ju·num (jə-jōō'nəm)
n. pl je·ju·na (-nə)
The section of the small intestine between the duodenum and the ileum.

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jejunal in Science
jejunum
  (jə-j'nəm)   
Plural jejuna
The middle part of the small intestine, connecting the duodenum and the ileum.
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