intestine: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (in-tes'tin), [key]
- Usually,the lower part of the alimentary canal, extending from the pylorus to the anus.
- Also calledthe narrow, longer part of the intestines, comprising the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, that serves to digest and absorb nutrients.
- Also calledthe 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.
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