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The portion of the intestine that extends from the ileum to the anus, forming an arch around the convolutions of the small intestine and including the cecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal. Also called large bowel.
(Anatomy) the part of the alimentary canal consisting of the caecum, colon, and rectum. It extracts moisture from food residues, which are later excreted as faeces. Compare small intestine
1. Usu., intestines. the lower part of the alimentary canal, extending from the pylorus to the anus.
2. Also called small intestine. the narrow, longer part of the intestines, comprising the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, that serves to digest and absorb nutrients.
3. Also called large intestine. the broad, shorter part of the intestines, comprising the cecum, colon, and rectum, that absorbs water from and eliminates the residues of digestion.adj.
4. internal; domestic; civil: intestine strife.
[1525–35; < Latin intestīnum, n. use of neuter of intestīnus internal]
The wide lower section of the intestine that extends from the end of the small intestine to the anus. In most vertebrate animals, it includes the cecum, colon, and rectum.
(or bowel) The lower part of the alimentary canal, comprising the cecum, colon, and rectum. The large intestine absorbs water and eliminates wastes as feces.
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|Noun||1.||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|
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
colon - the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted
blind gut, caecum, cecum - the cavity in which the large intestine begins and into which the ileum opens; "the appendix is an offshoot of the cecum"
transverse colon - the part of the large intestine that extends across the abdominal cavity and joins the ascending to the descending colon
ascending colon - the part of the large intestine that ascends from the cecum to the transverse colon
descending colon - the part of the large intestine that descends from the transverse colon to the sigmoid colon
rectum - the terminal section of the alimentary canal; from the sigmoid flexure to the anus