mesentery [ mes- uh n-ter-ee, mez- ] SHOW IPA / ˈmɛs ənˌtɛr i, ˈmɛz- / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural mes·en·ter·ies. . Anatomy 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. Words nearby mesentery mesenteriorrhaphy
meshach Origin of mesentery 1375–1425; late Middle English
New Latin mesenterium
of the bowel); see
enteron 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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Examples from the Web for mesentery British Dictionary definitions for mesentery 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 Derived forms of mesentery mesenteric, adjective Word Origin for mesentery
C16: from New Latin
mesenterium; see meso- + enteron
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Medicine definitions for mesentery 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. Other words from mesentery mes′en•ter ′ic adj.
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