bowel

noun
bow·​el | \ ˈbau̇(-ə)l \

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 bowel move 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 \ 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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Your system develops a dependence on them, according to the Mayo Clinic, meaning your ability to have natural bowel movements declines and need more and more laxatives. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Need To Know About Using Laxatives For Weight Loss," 2 Jan. 2019 These critters produce up to 100 bowel movements in a single night. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "BREAKING: Mystery of Square Wombat Poop Revealed," 20 Nov. 2018 And all those calibrations trace back to right here, in the bowels of NIST. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The world is about to redefine the kilogram," 15 Nov. 2018 The first is that poop samples aren’t that useful for gleaning information about whether probiotic bacteria are blooming in the bowels. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 For whatever reason, Microsoft killed off the Zune music player and then, later, the Groove Music music service—but then implemented an ebook store deep within the bowels of Microsoft Edge. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's pledge to win back the consumer needs to be more than just words," 20 July 2018 Marked by sudden intense pain in the abdomen, fever and nausea, diverticulitis can result in serious, even life-threatening complications like an abscess or perforation of the colon that allows bowel contents to leak into the abdomen. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Doctors Rethink the Cause—and Treatment—of Diverticular Disease," 20 Nov. 2018 Foodborne botulism is typically treated by clearing out the digestive system, so your doctor may give you medication that induces vomiting or bowel movements. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Taco Bell has just issued a warning for its popular salsa con queso.," 25 July 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common symptoms include fatigue, numbness or tingling in the face or extremities, dizziness, vertigo, balance issues, difficulty walking, weakness, vision issues, and bladder or bowel issues. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Selma Blair 'Thought Was a Pinched Nerve' Turned Out to Be MS," 22 Oct. 2018

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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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bowel

noun

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

bowel

noun
bow·​el | \ ˈbau̇-əl \

Kids Definition of bowel

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

bowel

noun
bow·​el | \ ˈbau̇(-ə)l \

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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