- Usually intestines. the lower part of the alimentary canal, extending from the pylorus to the anus.
- Also called small intestine. the narrow, longer part of the intestines, comprising the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, that serves to digest and absorb nutrients.
- Also called large intestine. the 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.
Origin of intestine
Examples from the Web for intestine
Yes, and soon your body will work the piece of bone out of the intestine.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
When the intestine is permeable and inflamed, infectious or toxic substances “leak” through the lining into the blood stream.Research Shows Link Between NSAID Use and Gut Disease
Valerie Vande Panne
April 21, 2014
Disorganization, aggravated by intestine faction, grew worse and worse.Impressions of South Africa
Care should be taken that no loop of intestine is allowed to remain.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
I mean an intestine motion of the atoms or molecules of the luminous body.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
I defined the Capricorn-grub as a bit of an intestine that crawls about.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
My diagnosis was paresis of the muscularis of the intestine.The Electric Bath
George M. Schweig
Word Origin and History for intestine
early 15c., from Middle French intestin (14c.) or directly from Latin intestinum "a gut," in plural, "intestines, bowels," noun use of neuter of adjective intestinus "inward, internal" (see intestines). Distinction of large and small intestines in Middle English was made under the terms gross and subtle. The word also was used as an adjective in English from 1530s with a sense of "internal, domestic, civil."
- The portion of the alimentary canal extending from the stomach to the anus and, in humans and other mammals, consisting of two segments, the small intestine and the large intestine. Often used in the plural.
- The muscular tube that forms the part of the digestive tract extending from the stomach to the anus and consisting of the small and large intestines. In the intestine, nutrients and water from digested food are absorbed and waste products are solidified into feces. See also large intestine small intestine.