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


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

Nearby words

  1. interwind,
  2. interwork,
  3. intestable,
  4. intestacy,
  5. intestate,
  6. intestinal amebiasis,
  7. intestinal anastomosis,
  8. intestinal angina,
  9. intestinal artery,
  10. intestinal atresia

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

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Word Origin and History for intestinal



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

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Medicine definitions for intestinal




Of, relating to, or constituting the intestine.

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