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The digestive tract; the gut.

[Greek; see en in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -tera (-tərə)
(Anatomy) the alimentary canal, esp of an embryo or a coelenterate
[C19: via New Latin from Greek: intestine; related to Latin inter between]

alimen′tary canal′

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.
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Noun1.enteron - the alimentary canal (especially of an embryo or a coelenterate)
alimentary canal, alimentary tract, digestive tract, digestive tube, gastrointestinal tract, GI tract - tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
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Numerous callers pointed out that enteron is the medical term for the tract through Broad which the human body digests food and disposes of waste."