large intestine

noun
intestine ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1855–60

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large intestine
 
n
Compare small intestine the part of the alimentary canal consisting of the caecum, colon, and rectum. It extracts moisture from food residues, which are later excreted as faeces

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large intestine n.
The portion of the intestine that extends from the ileum to the anus, forming an arch around the convolutions of the small intestine and including the cecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal.

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large intestine  
The wide lower section of the intestine that extends from the end of the small intestine to the anus. The large intestine acts mainly to absorb water from digested materials and solidify feces. In most vertebrate animals, it includes the cecum, colon, and rectum.
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large intestine definition


The lower portion of the intestines, which receives a soupy mixture of digested food from the small intestine, reabsorbs most of the fluids, and then passes the resulting solid substance (feces) out of the body through the anus. The large intestine is divided into the cecum, colon, and rectum.

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The small intestine is a convoluted tube, extending from the pylorus to the
  colic valve, where it ends in the large intestine.
The large bowel is also called the large intestine or colon.
Colostomy is a surgical procedure that brings one end of the large intestine
  out through the abdominal wall.
Colonoscopy may be used to remove air from the large intestine.
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