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duodenum

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noun du·o·de·num \ˌdü-ə-ˈdē-nəm, du̇-ˈä-də-nəm also (ˌ)dyü-\

Simple Definition of duodenum

  • medical : the part of the small intestine that is right below your stomach

Full Definition of duodenum

plural du·o·de·naplay \-ˈdē-nə, -də-nə\ or du·o·denums

  1. :  the first part of the small intestine extending from the pylorus to the jejunum

du·o·de·nal play \-ˈdē-nəl, -də-nəl\ adjective

Origin of duodenum

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin duodeni twelve each, from duodecim twelve; from its length, about 12 fingers' breadth


First Known Use: 14th century


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duodenum

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noun du·o·de·num \ˌd(y)ü-ə-ˈdē-nəm, d(y)u̇-ˈäd-ən-əm\

Medical Definition of duodenum

plural du·o·de·na \-ˈdē-nə, -ən-ə\play or du·o·de·nums

  1. :  the first, shortest, and widest part of the small intestine that in humans is about 10 inches (25 centimeters) long and that extends from the pylorus to the undersurface of the liver where it descends for a variable distance and receives the bile and pancreatic ducts and then bends to the left and finally upward to join the jejunum near the second lumbar vertebra

  2. du·o·de·nal \-ˈdēn-əl, -ən-əl\play play adjective



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