- 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.
Origin of intestine
Examples from the Web for intestines
Contemporary Examples of intestines
Polio is an enterovirus (lives and is replicated in our intestines) that is spread via fecal-oral transmission.U.N. Calls Middle East Polio Outbreak ‘Greatest Polio Challenge in History’
April 9, 2014
In other words, the body works hard to keep bad stuff in the intestines and the good stuff out.Weed Could Block H.I.V.’s Spread. No, Seriously.
February 15, 2014
Particular scientific interest has been focused on bacterial (and other microbial) diversity in our intestines.Buy That Breast Milk!
October 22, 2013
Slaughtering cattle is not a very clean process and meat can become contaminated from the intestines.
But E. coli O157, which is found in the intestines of cattle, is still the most common.
Historical Examples of intestines
And which was to work a marvellous effect on the intestines.The Imaginary Invalid
Well, aren't they as good as the intestines of the common cat?The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns
Roger Thompson Finlay
She then saw that his intestines were protruding from a wound, and that he was holding them in.Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
The depth of the parts, and tendency of the intestines to roll into the wound; 3.
If it can, perhaps the intestines may be retained in their cavity.
Word Origin for intestine
"bowels," 1590s, from Latin intestina, neuter plural of intestinus (adj.) "internal, inward, intestine," from intus "within, on the inside" (see ento-). Cf. Sanskrit antastyam, Greek entosthia "bowels." The Old English word was hropp, literally "rope."
early 15c., from Middle French intestin (14c.) or directly from Latin intestinum "a gut," in plural, "intestines, bowels," noun use of neuter of adjective intestinus "inward, internal" (see intestines). Distinction of large and small intestines in Middle English was made under the terms gross and subtle. The word also was used as an adjective in English from 1530s with a sense of "internal, domestic, civil."
- The portion of the alimentary canal extending from the stomach to the anus and, in humans and other mammals, consisting of two segments, the small intestine and the large intestine. Often used in the plural.
- 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.