- the first portion of the small intestine, from the stomach to the jejunum.
Origin of duodenum
Examples from the Web for duodenum
Emetics invert the motions of the stomach, duodenum, and œsophagus.Zoonomia, Vol. II
The mucous membrane of the duodenum was also swollen and slightly red.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
Some of the ulcers had nearly perforated the walls of the stomach and duodenum.Barium, A Cause of the Loco-Weed Disease
Albert Cornelius Crawford
You should see how sweet a cross-section 255 of the duodenum of a cat is under the microscope.Daddy Long-Legs
It is collected by the biliary ducts to be conveyed into the duodenum.Encyclopedia of Diet
- the first part of the small intestine, between the stomach and the jejunum
Word Origin and History for duodenum
late 14c., from Medieval Latin duodenum digitorium "space of twelve digits," from Latin duodeni "twelve each." Coined by Gerard of Cremona (d.1187), who translated "Canon Avicennae," a loan-translation of Greek dodekadaktylon, literally "twelve fingers long," the intestine part so called by Greek physician Herophilus (c.353-280 B.C.E.) for its length, about equal to the breadth of twelve fingers.
- The beginning portion of the small intestine, starting at the lower end of the stomach and extending to the jejunum.
- The beginning part of the small intestine, starting at the lower end of the stomach and extending to the jejunum.