large intestine
noun Date: 1823 the more terminal division of the vertebrate intestine that is wider and shorter than the small intestine, typically divided into cecum, colon, and rectum, and concerned especially with the resorption of water and the formation of feces

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  • large intestine — intestine (def. 3). [1855 60] * * * End section of the intestine. It is about 5 ft (1.5 m) long, is wider than the small intestine, and has a smooth inner wall. In the first half, enzymes from the small intestine complete digestion, and bacteria… …   Universalium

  • Large intestine — Intestine In*tes tine, n.; pl. {Intestines}. [L. intestinum: cf. F. intestin. See {Intestine}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anat.) That part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • large intestine — n. the relatively large section of the intestines of vertebrates, between the small intestine and the anus, including the cecum, colon, and rectum: see INTESTINE …   English World dictionary

  • large intestine — ► NOUN Anatomy ▪ the caecum, colon, and rectum collectively …   English terms dictionary

  • Large intestine — Infobox Anatomy Name = Large intestine Latin = intestinum crassum GraySubject = 249 GrayPage = 1177 Caption = Front of abdomen, showing the large intestine, with the stomach and small intestine in dashed outline. Caption2 = Front of abdomen,… …   Wikipedia

  • Large intestine — Comes after the small intestine. Large because it is wider than the small intestine. * * * large intestine n the more terminal division of the vertebrate intestine that is wider and shorter than the small intestine, typically divided into cecum,… …   Medical dictionary

  • large intestine — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms large intestine : singular large intestine plural large intestines medical the wider lower part of your intestine that changes food into solid waste …   English dictionary

  • large intestine — The long, tube like organ that is connected to the small intestine at one end and the anus at the other. The large intestine has four parts: cecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal. Partly digested food moves through the cecum into the colon, where… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • large intestine — large in testine n the lower part of your ↑bowels, where food is changed into solid waste matter →↑small intestine …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • large intestine — large in testine noun count the wider lower part of your INTESTINE that changes food into solid waste …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • large intestine — large′ intes′tine n. anat. intestine 3) • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

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