bow·​el | \ ˈbau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce bowel (audio) \

Definition of bowel

1 biology : intestine, gut also : one of the divisions of the intestines usually used in plural except in medical use the large bowelmove your bowels
2 archaic : the seat of pity, tenderness, or courage usually used in plural
3 bowels plural : the interior parts especially : the deep or remote parts bowels of the earth

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Other Words from bowel

bowelless \ ˈbau̇(-​ə)l-​ləs How to pronounce bowel (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bowel in a Sentence

a disease of the bowel They dug deep into the bowels of the earth. The engine room is down in the bowels of the ship.
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Recent Examples on the Web The negative impacts of oxalates include binding to calcium in the digestive tract and removing it from the body in bowel movements. Jill Joyce, The Conversation, "Anti-nutrients – they’re part of a normal diet and not as scary as they sound," 12 Jan. 2021 Polyethylene glycol is a compound that appears in a number of pharmaceuticals including some bowel preparations and laxatives. Andrea Diaz And Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Boston health care worker who experienced reaction to Moderna coronavirus vaccine has history of allergies," 25 Dec. 2020 There was the time when Liza, one of their four cats, had to stay at the vet for six months to be treated for an irritable bowel. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "Jonathan Van Ness' Pet Parenting Tips Will Prepare You for Your New Furry Friend," 2 Dec. 2020 That calculation allowed for his trials for bowel cancer treatment to continue. NBC News, "Cancer research another long-term casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists say," 21 Oct. 2020 The condition can cause weakness in the arms and legs, paralysis, pain and bowel and bladder problems. New York Times, "AstraZeneca, Under Fire for Vaccine Safety, Releases Trial Blueprints," 19 Sep. 2020 Even in pristine wilderness areas, the water can be contaminated with all kinds of bowel-churning pathogens. Popular Science, "Wood filters, hot rocks, and seven other ways to purify water in the wild," 2 Nov. 2020 As gut health has become a buzzword, products have popped up to help children regulate bowel movements and soak in all those good-for-you minerals and nutrients. Washington Post, "How my online mom group sent me down a rabbit hole of direct-sales supplements for kids," 4 Dec. 2020 Every year, about 260 of the tiniest premature babies in California hospitals develop an often-fatal bowel disease known as necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New nonprofit breast milk bank launches in San Diego," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bowel

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bowel

Middle English, from Anglo-French buel, boel, from Medieval Latin botellus, from Latin, diminutive of botulus sausage

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The first known use of bowel was in the 14th century

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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bowel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bowel

: the long tube in the body that helps digest food and carries solid waste out of the body
literary : the deep inner parts of something


bow·​el | \ ˈbau̇-əl How to pronounce bowel (audio) \

Kids Definition of bowel

1 : intestine usually used in pl.
2 : a part of the intestine the large bowel


bow·​el | \ ˈbau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce bowel (audio) \

Medical Definition of bowel

: intestine, gut also : one of the divisions of the intestines usually used in plural except in medical use move your bowels surgery of the involved bowel

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