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mesentery

[ mes-uhn-ter-ee, mez- ]
/ ˈmɛs ənˌtɛr i, ˈmɛz- /
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noun, plural mes·en·ter·ies.Anatomy.

an organ that, as a double fold of peritoneum, loops around the pancreas and the intestines, holding them securely to the abdominal wall.

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Origin of mesentery

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English , from New Latin mesenterium, from Greek mesentérion (equivalent to mes- mes- + énteron enteron + Greek -ion noun suffix); see -ium
mes·en·ter·ic, adjectivein·ter·mes·en·ter·ic, adjectivepost·mes·en·ter·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mesentery

mesentery
/ (ˈmɛsəntərɪ, ˈmɛz-) /

noun plural -teries

the double layer of peritoneum that is attached to the back wall of the abdominal cavity and supports most of the small intestine
mesenteric, adjective
C16: from New Latin mesenterium; see meso- + enteron
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Medical definitions for mesentery

mesentery
[ mĕzən-tĕr′ē ]

n.

A double layer of peritoneum attached to the abdominal wall and enclosing in its fold certain organs of the abdominal viscera.
A fold of the peritoneum that connects the intestines to the dorsal abdominal wall, especially such a fold that envelops the jejunum and ileum.
mes′en•teric adj.
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