descending colon

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descend′ing co′lon

(ˈkoʊ lən)
n.
the last portion of the colon.
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Noun1.descending colon - the part of the large intestine that descends from the transverse colon to the sigmoid colondescending colon - the part of the large intestine that descends from the transverse colon to the sigmoid colon
large intestine - beginning with the cecum and ending with the rectum; includes the cecum and the colon and the rectum; extracts moisture from food residues which are later excreted as feces
colon - the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted
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An operation in the intensive care unit (ICU) was performed in which the small bowel as well as the ascending, transverse, and descending colons were eviscerated (Figure).
Those with anal retention show radioactivity remaining in the rectum for 24-48 hours, while children with STC show radioactivity in the transverse or descending colons for 30-48 hours, at which point the rectum is still unreactive.
Those with anal retention show radioactivity remaining in the rectum for 24-48 hours, whereas children with STC show radioactivity in the transverse or descending colons for 30-48 hours, at which point the rectum is still unreactive.