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jejunum

[ji-joo-nuh m]
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noun Anatomy.
  1. the middle portion of the small intestine, between the duodenum and the ileum.
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Origin of jejunum

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin jējūnum, noun use of neuter of jējūnus empty, poor, mean; so called because thought to be empty after death
Related formsje·ju·nal, adjective
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duodenum, ileum, jejunum, villus

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British Dictionary definitions for jejunum

jejunum

noun
  1. the part of the small intestine between the duodenum and the ileum
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Derived Formsjejunal, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin, from jējūnus empty; from the belief that the jejunum is empty after death
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Word Origin and History for jejunum

n.

late 14c., from Latin ieiunum, neuter of ieiunus (see jejune). Translating Greek nestis (Galen). So called because it typically is found empty during dissections, perhaps because it would tend to drain in a body laid on its back.

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jejunum in Medicine

jejunum

(jə-jōōnəm)
n. pl. je•ju•na (-nə)
  1. The section of the small intestine between the duodenum and the ileum.
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jejunum in Science

jejunum

[jə-jōōnəm]
Plural jejuna
  1. The middle part of the small intestine, connecting the duodenum and the ileum.
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