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intestine

[ in-tes-tin ]
/ ɪnˈtɛs tɪn /
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noun
Usually intestines. the lower part of the alimentary canal, extending from the pylorus to the anus.
Also called small intestine . the narrow, longer part of the intestines, comprising the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, that serves to digest and absorb nutrients.
Also called large intestine . the broad, shorter part of the intestines, comprising the cecum, colon, and rectum, that absorbs water from and eliminates the residues of digestion.
adjective
internal; domestic; civil: intestine strife.
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Origin of intestine

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin intestīnum, noun use of neuter of intestīnus “internal,” equivalent to intes- (variant of intus “inside”) + -tīnus adjective suffix; cf. vespertine
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British Dictionary definitions for intestine

intestine
/ (ɪnˈtɛstɪn) /

noun
(usually plural) the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anusSee large intestine, small intestine Related adjective: alvine

Derived forms of intestine

intestinal (ɪnˈtɛstɪnəl, ˌɪntɛsˈtaɪnəl), adjectiveintestinally, adverb

Word Origin for intestine

C16: from Latin intestīnum gut, from intestīnus internal, from intus within
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Scientific definitions for intestine

intestine
[ ĭn-tĕstĭn ]

The muscular tube that forms the part of the digestive tract extending from the stomach to the anus and consisting of the small and large intestines. In the intestine, nutrients and water from digested food are absorbed and waste products are solidified into feces. See also large intestine small intestine.
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