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mesentery

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noun mes·en·tery \ˈme-zən-ˌter-ē, -sən-\

Definition of mesentery

plural mes·en·ter·ies

  1. 1 a :  one or more vertebrate membranes that consist of a double fold of the peritoneum and invest the intestines and their appendages and connect them with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity b :  a fold of membrane comparable to a mesentery and supporting a viscus (as the heart) that is not a part of the digestive tract

  2. 2 :  a support or partition in an invertebrate like the vertebrate mesentery

mes·en·ter·ic play \ˌme-zən-ˈter-ik, -sən-\ adjective


Origin of mesentery

Middle English mesenterie, from Medieval Latin mesenterion, from Greek, from mes- + enteron intestine — more at inter-


First Known Use: 15th century


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mesentery

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noun mes·en·tery \ˈmez-ən-ˌter-ē, ˈmes-\

Medical Definition of mesentery

plural mes·en·ter·ies

  1. 1:  one or more vertebrate membranes that consist of a double fold of the peritoneum and invest the intestines and their appendages and connect them with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity; specifically :  such membranes connected with the jejunum and ileum in humans

  2. 2:  a fold of membrane comparable to a mesentery and supporting a viscus (as the heart) that is not a part of the digestive tract




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