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alimentary canal

n.
The digestive tract.

alimentary canal

or

alimentary tract

n
(Anatomy) the tubular passage extending from the mouth to the anus, through which food is passed and digested

alimen′tary canal′


n.
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]

al·i·men·ta·ry canal

(ăl′ə-mĕn′tə-rē)

alimentary canal

(or gastrointestinal tract) The digestive tract: a tube with its ends at the mouth and the anus.
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Noun1.alimentary canal - tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anusalimentary canal - tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
duct, epithelial duct, canal, channel - a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; "the tear duct was obstructed"; "the alimentary canal"; "poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs"
digestive system, gastrointestinal system, systema alimentarium, systema digestorium - the system that makes food absorbable into the body
stomach, tum, tummy, breadbasket - an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion
enteron - the alimentary canal (especially of an embryo or a coelenterate)
esophagus, gullet, oesophagus, gorge - the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
small intestine - the longest part of the alimentary canal; where digestion is completed
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
pharynx, throat - the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone
Translations
emésztõcsatorna
tráviaca rúra

alimentary canal

ntubo digerente
References in classic literature ?
One thing is certain, that in the year 615 before Jesus Christ, Necos undertook the works of an alimentary canal to the waters of the Nile across the plain of Egypt, looking towards Arabia.
Numerous cases could be given amongst the lower animals of the same organ performing at the same time wholly distinct functions; thus the alimentary canal respires, digests, and excretes in the larva of the dragon-fly and in the fish Cobites.
What I find most amazing about earthworms, and indeed what still baffles scientists, is that the castings that come out of the worms' alimentary canals contain five times the nitrogen (N), seven times the phosphorus (P) and 11 times the potash (K) of the soil environment in which the worms live.
In fasting patients, worms may ingest the contrast, resulting in outlining of their alimentary canals.