[ 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


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British Dictionary definitions for 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

Derived forms of mesentery

mesenteric, adjective

Word Origin for mesentery

C16: from New Latin mesenterium; see meso- + enteron
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Medical definitions for mesentery

[ mĕzən-tĕr′ē ]


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•teric adj.
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