[in-tes-tuh-nl; British in-tes-tahyn-l]


occurring in or affecting the intestines.
of, relating to, or resembling the intestines.

Origin of intestinal

1590–1600; < New Latin intestīnālis; see intestine, -al1
Related formsin·tes·ti·nal·ly, adverbpost·in·tes·ti·nal, adjectivesub·in·tes·ti·nal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intestinal

Contemporary Examples of intestinal

Historical Examples of intestinal

  • There are no holes from the intestinal tract into the blood vessels.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • A shorter treatise of Alexander is with regard to intestinal parasites.

  • Our return to thymol for intestinal parasites is interesting.

  • Fish, an intermediate diet for intestinal cases, was sorely missed.

    In Mesopotamia

    Martin Swayne

  • Costiveness from increased action of the intestinal absorbents.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

Word Origin and History for intestinal

early 15c., from medical Latin intestinalis, from Latin intestinum (see intestine).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

intestinal in Medicine




Of, relating to, or constituting the intestine.
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