[mes-uh n-ter-ee, mez-]
- the membrane, consisting of a double layer of peritoneum, that invests the intestines, attaching them to the posterior wall of the abdomen, maintaining them in position in the abdominal cavity, and supplying them with blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics, especially the part of this membrane investing the jejunum and ileum.
Origin of mesentery
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Examples from the Web for mesenteric
The mesenteric vessels were dilated, but the intestines were not dilated.Barium, A Cause of the Loco-Weed Disease
Albert Cornelius Crawford
This bacillus was obtained from the mesenteric gland of a boy.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The mesenteric artery differs in some respects from the radial, but in the main, the changes brought about by age are the same.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
Very frequently they die at that age of mesenteric disorders; and very few indeed become permanently civilized in their habits.The Bushman
Edward Wilson Landor
The mesenteric glands show signs of irritation or of absorption of specific products in hypermic pigmentation and hyperplasia.
- the double layer of peritoneum that is attached to the back wall of the abdominal cavity and supports most of the small intestine
C16: from New Latin mesenterium; see meso- + enteron
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Word Origin and History for mesenteric
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- 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.
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