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.
internal; domestic; civil: intestine strife.
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How to use intestine in a sentence
Bacteria in the horse’s intestines break down the hard parts of the plants.
The sequences included DNA from several of the microbes that still call our intestines home, as well as a few that have nearly vanished from today’s urban dwellers.Oldest DNA from poop contains a Neanderthal’s microbiome | Kiona N. Smith | February 8, 2021 | Ars Technica
Our research found that these cubes are formed within the last sections of the intestine—and finally proves that you really can fit a square peg through a round hole.It’s the wombat’s strange intestines, not its anus, that produces cubed poo | Jennifer Ouellette | January 29, 2021 | Ars Technica
However, when bacteria from the poop of other mice and humans were transplanted into the mice’s intestines, their gut microbiomes were restored, and the plasma cells then appeared in the meninges.Protecting the brain from infection may start with a gut reaction | Aayushi Pratap | November 11, 2020 | Science News
This microbe eats cells of the intestine and can cause severe illness or death.
As digesting food passes through the small intestine, it mixes with chemicals from the liver, and nutrients are absorbed.‘Rectal Feeding’ Has Nothing to Do with Nutrition, Everything to Do with Torture | Russell Saunders | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, and soon your body will work the piece of bone out of the intestine.
Mixner almost died in February, after his lower intestine got twisted, leaving him with gangrene in his heart and lungs.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People | Tim Teeman | October 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the intestine is permeable and inflamed, infectious or toxic substances “leak” through the lining into the blood stream.Research Shows Link Between NSAID Use and Gut Disease | Valerie Vande Panne | April 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
An X-ray is then performed to make certain the tube is placed correctly into the stomach or small intestine and not into the lung.The Writhing, Miserable Reality of Force Feeding at Guantánamo Bay | Kent Sepkowitz | May 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Simple constipation and diseases of the large intestine alone do not increase the amount of indican.
Here a flagellum from the male unites with the female, which soon thereafter becomes encysted in the wall of the intestine.
Rounded scybalous masses are common in habitual constipation, and indicate atony of the muscular coat of the intestine.
In catarrhal conditions of the small intestine bilirubin may be carried through unchanged.
When the mucus is small in amount and intimately mixed with the stool, the trouble is probably in the small intestine.
British Dictionary definitions for intestine
- intestinal (ɪnˈtɛstɪnəl, ˌɪntɛsˈtaɪnəl), adjective
- intestinally, adverb
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Scientific definitions for intestine
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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