Anatomy, Zoology. a tubular passage functioning in the digestion and absorption of food and the elimination of food residue, beginning at the mouth and terminating at the anus.
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Origin of alimentary canal
First recorded in 1755–65
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British Dictionary definitions for alimentary canal
the tubular passage extending from the mouth to the anus, through which food is passed and digested
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Medical definitions for alimentary canal
The mucous membrane-lined tube of the digestive system that extends from the mouth to the anus and through which food passes, digestion takes place, and wastes are eliminated; it includes the pharynx, esophagus, stomach, and intestines.alimentary tract digestive tract
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Scientific definitions for alimentary canal
[ ăl′ə-mĕn′tə-rē ]
The tube or passage of the digestive system through which food passes, nutrients are absorbed, and waste is eliminated. See also digestive tract.
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