[ il-ee-uh m ]
/ ˈɪl i əm /
noun, plural il·e·a [il-ee-uh] /ˈɪl i ə/.
Anatomy. the third and lowest division of the small intestine, extending from the jejunum to the cecum.
Zoology. the anterior portion of the hindgut of an insect or other arthropod.
Words nearby ileum
Origin of ileum
1675–85; < New Latin, Medieval Latin īleum, variant of Latin īlia (neuter plural) side of the body between hips and groin, guts, apparently by confusion with Latin īleus ileus
OTHER WORDS FROM ileumil·e·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ilea (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɪlɪə) /
n acronym for (formerly)
Inner London Education Authority
British Dictionary definitions for ilea (2 of 2)
/ (ˈɪlɪəm) /
the part of the small intestine between the jejunum and the caecum
the corresponding part in insects
Word Origin for ileum
C17: New Latin, from Latin īlium, īleum flank, groin, of obscure origin
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Medicine definitions for ilea
[ ĭl′ē-əm ]
n. pl. il•e•a (-ē-ə)
The third and terminal portion of the small intestine, extending from the jejunum to the cecum.
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Science definitions for ilea
[ ĭl′ē-əm ]
The lower part of the small intestine, connecting the jejunum to the cecum of the large intestine.
Other words from ileumileal adjective
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