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noun
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

alimentary canal

alimentary tract


noun
the tubular passage extending from the mouth to the anus, through which food is passed and digested
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Scientific definitions for alimentary canal

alimentary canal
[ ăl′ə-mĕntə-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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