[ mes-uhn-ter-ee, mez- ]

noun,plural mes·en·ter·ies.Anatomy.
  1. an organ that, as a double fold of peritoneum, loops around the pancreas and the intestines, holding them securely to the abdominal wall.

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

Other words from mesentery

  • mes·en·ter·ic, adjective
  • in·ter·mes·en·ter·ic, adjective
  • post·mes·en·ter·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for mesentery


/ (ˈmɛsəntərɪ, ˈmɛz-) /

nounplural -teries
  1. the double layer of peritoneum that is attached to the back wall of the abdominal cavity and supports most of the small intestine

Origin of mesentery

C16: from New Latin mesenterium; see meso- + enteron

Derived forms of mesentery

  • mesenteric, adjective

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