alimentary canal

alimentary canal
noun Date: 1764 the tubular passage that extends from mouth to anus and functions in digestion and absorption of food and elimination of residual waste

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Alimentary canal — Alimentary Al i*men ta*ry, a. [L. alimentarius, fr. alimentum: cf. F. alimentaire.] Pertaining to aliment or food, or to the function of nutrition; nutritious; alimental; as, alimentary substances. [1913 Webster] {Alimentary canal}, the entire… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alimentary canal — or alimentary tract n. the passage in the body through which food passes and in which it is digested, extending from the mouth through the esophagus, stomach, and intestines to the anus …   English World dictionary

  • alimentary canal — n the tubular passage that extends from mouth to anus, functions in digestion and absorption of food and elimination of residual waste, and includes the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine * * * the long… …   Medical dictionary

  • alimentary canal — ► NOUN ▪ the passage along which food passes through the body …   English terms dictionary

  • alimentary canal — [[t]ælɪme̱ntri kənæ̱l[/t]] alimentary canals N COUNT The alimentary canal in a person or animal is the passage in their body through which food passes from their mouth to their anus …   English dictionary

  • alimentary canal — Anat., Zool. a tubular passage functioning in the digestion and absorption of food and the elimination of food residue, beginning at the mouth and terminating at the anus. [1755 65] * * * or digestive tract Pathway along which food travels when… …   Universalium

  • alimentary canal — noun The organs of a human or an animal through which food passes. The digestive tract. The mouth, oesophagus, stomach, and intestines are part of the human alimentary canal …   Wiktionary

  • alimentary canal — UK [ælɪˌment(ə)rɪ kəˈnæl] / US [ælɪˌmentərɪ kəˈnæl] noun [singular] medical the system of organs in humans and animals that separates food into smaller parts that the cells can absorb and use. The oesophagus, the stomach, and the intestines are… …   English dictionary

  • alimentary canal — noun tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination • Syn: ↑alimentary tract, ↑digestive tube, ↑digestive tract, ↑gastrointestinal tract, ↑GI tract • Hypernyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • alimentary canal — the passage through which food passes and is digested and absorbed; includes the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, intestine and anus. Also called alimentary tract, digestive tract and gut, although the latter two might be more restrictive being areas… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • alimentary canal — См. alimentary tract …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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