bowel

noun
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 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 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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Getting 12 grams of inulin and FOS a day has been shown to help promote regular bowel movements. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "What is inulin, and why is it showing up in so many food products?," 12 June 2019 Nonconforming bowel movements were reported in a tremulous voice so that menus had to be changed and Nicholas, the cook and general factotum, sent to the chemist for milk of magnesia. Lynn Freed, Harper's magazine, "We Were So Happy Then," 10 Mar. 2019 These journal entries are sometimes incidental to a fault, lapsing at one point into marginalia about Ms. Morris’s bowel habits. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘In My Mind’s Eye’ Review: Marching Through the Days," 4 Jan. 2019 Upper stomach pain or feelings of fullness paired with bloating may be indicative of dyspepsia, for example, whereas lower abdomen cramping and a change in bowel habits could point to IBS. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Bloated?," 29 Oct. 2018 For any adult, no matter how old, Chang said that paying attention to your body and bowel habits are important for tracking your overall health -- and that alerting your doctor to any changes is key. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Colon and rectal cancer screenings should start at 45, new guidelines say," 30 May 2018 Signs of colorectal cancer may include a change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation, that lasts more than a few days; rectal bleeding; and cramping or abdominal pain. Author: Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "Colorectal cancer screening should start at age 45, American Cancer Society says," 30 May 2018 But some signs and symptoms involve fatigue, blood in the stool, a change in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, and cramping or abdominal discomfort. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Harry Connick Jr. talks colon cancer screening options," 26 Mar. 2018 Signs and symptoms may include diarrhea or more bowel movements than usual; stools that are black, tarry, sticky, or have blood or mucus; and severe stomach-area (abdomen) pain or tenderness. Astrazeneca, USA TODAY, "Tapping into the immune system shows promise in stage 3 lung cancer," 3 June 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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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 How to pronounce bowel (audio) \

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 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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