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mesentery

[mes-uh n-ter-ee, mez-] /ˈmɛs ənˌtɛr i, ˈmɛz-/
noun, plural mesenteries. Anatomy
1.
the membrane, consisting of a double layer of peritoneum, that invests the intestines, attaching them to the posterior wall of the abdomen, maintaining them in position in the abdominal cavity, and supplying them with blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics, especially the part of this membrane investing the jejunum and ileum.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Neo-Latin mesenterium < Greek mesentérion (equivalent to mes- mes- + entérion, neuter of entérios of the bowel); see enteron
Related forms
mesenteric, adjective
intermesenteric, adjective
postmesenteric, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mesenteries

mesentery

/ˈmɛsəntərɪ; ˈmɛz-/
noun (pl) -teries
1.
the double layer of peritoneum that is attached to the back wall of the abdominal cavity and supports most of the small intestine
Derived Forms
mesenteric, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin mesenterium; see meso- + enteron
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Word Origin and History for mesenteries
mesentery
1540s, from Medical L. mesenterium, from medical Gk. mesenterion, from mesos "middle" (see medial) + enteron "intestine." Related: Mesenteric.
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mesenteries in Medicine

mesentery mes·en·ter·y (měz'ən-těr'ē, měs'-)
n.

  1. A double layer of peritoneum attached to the abdominal wall and enclosing in its fold certain organs of the abdominal viscera.

  2. A fold of the peritoneum that connects the intestines to the dorsal abdominal wall, especially such a fold that envelops the jejunum and ileum.


mes'en·ter'ic adj.
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