noun (plural -teries) Etymology: Middle English mesenterie, from Medieval Latin mesenterion, from Greek, from mes- + enteron intestine — more at inter- Date: 15th century 1. a. one or more vertebrate membranes that consist of a double fold of the peritoneum and invest the intestines and their appendages and connect them with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity b. a fold of membrane comparable to a mesentery and supporting a viscus (as the heart) that is not a part of the digestive tract 2. a support or partition in an invertebrate like the vertebrate mesentery • mesenteric adjective

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  • Mesentery — Mes en*ter*y (?; 277), n. [Gr. mesente rion, me sos + e nteron intestine: cf. F. m[ e]sent[ e]re.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anat.) The membranes, or one of the membranes (consisting of a fold of the peritoneum and inclosed tissues), which connect the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mesentery — (n.) fold of the peritoneum, early 15c., from medical L. mesenterium middle of the intestine, from medical Gk. mesenterion, from mesos middle (see MEDIAL (Cf. medial) (adj.)) + enteron intestine (see ENTERIC (Cf. enteric)). Related: Mesenteric …   Etymology dictionary

  • mesentery — [mes′ən ter΄ē, mez′ən ter΄ē] n. pl. mesenteries [ML mesenterium < Gr mesenterion < mesos,MID1 + enteron, intestine: see INTER ] a supporting membrane or membranes enfolding some internal organ and attaching it either to the body wall or to… …   English World dictionary

  • Mesentery — A fold of tissue which attaches organs to the body wall. The word mesentery usually refers to the small bowel mesentery which anchors the small intestine to the back of the abdominal wall. Blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics branch through the… …   Medical dictionary

  • mesentery — double membranes meeting in the midline above and below the viscera formed by the serous membranes in the peritoneal and pericardial cavities. The mesentery in the pericardial cavity disappears during embryonic development and most the the… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • mesentery — mesenteric, adj. /mes euhn ter ee, mez /, n., pl. mesenteries. Anat. 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… …   Universalium

  • mesentery —   n. membrane enclosing intestines.    ♦ mesenterial,    ♦ mesenteric, a.    ♦ mesenteritis, n. inflammation of mesentery …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • mesentery — n. [Gr. mesos, middle; enteron, gut] A supporting membrane or one that forms a partition …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • mesentery — noun The membrane that attaches the intestines to the wall of the abdomen, maintaining their position in the abdominal cavity, and supplying them with blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics …   Wiktionary

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