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 bowelless (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 My son is now discovering the nonmaterialistic joys of academia, while the Peloton gathers dust, relegated to his father-in-law’s house somewhere in the bowels of Connecticut, so isolated that even David Letterman’s stalker can’t find it., "First, a stipulation: Anyone who spends more than $2,000 on an exercise bike should have their head examined.," 6 Dec. 2019 Get Acquainted With Rock Wool Volcanic rock, forged in the bowels of the earth, should be the material of choice for your next insulation project. Diana Bocco, Popular Mechanics, "How To Prepare Your Garage for Winter," 9 Nov. 2019 In 2001, the board sent Gear a letter of reprimand over his treatment in 1996 of a newborn infant who had been having difficulty with bowel movements. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Former doctor to Hacienda patient surrenders his medical license," 14 Nov. 2019 In very young children, tantrums and excessive bowel movements., "Model positive behavior around food and weight.," 2 Nov. 2019 According to records, the resident, who had memory loss and impaired decision-making skills, did not have a bowel movement for 13 days. Laura Garcia,, "Consumer alert: Five nursing homes in San Antonio flagged for instances of abuse, neglect," 1 Nov. 2019 The result is chronic inflammation that can lead to bowel injury and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Is chronic inflammation public health enemy No. 1? It just might be," 18 Jan. 2018 Both Boe and Hope have irritable bowel disease and are on restricted diets. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "4 Holistic Vets Reveal Exactly What They Feed Their Dogs," 5 Apr. 2017 The hundreds of pages of testimony offer the first glimpse of the so-far secret proceedings that have unfolded in the bowels of the Capitol complex as witness after witness has appeared to testify in the impeachment inquiry., "WASHINGTON — The former US ambassador to Ukraine told impeachment investigators last month that she felt “threatened” by President Trump after it emerged that he told the Ukrainian president she would “go through some things,” adding that she still feared retaliation.," 5 Nov. 2019

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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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11 Dec 2019

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“Bowel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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