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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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 Abrahams pointed out that the wife in that couple suffered from Crohn's disease, a severe inflammation of the bowel that affects 1.6 million people in the US alone. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners," 13 Sep. 2018 The doctor can talk to you about your child's fluid intake, bowel and bladder habits and family history. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "7 ways to bed-wetting to rest for your child," 2 July 2018 The group provides support for community members who have had, or plan to have, diversionary bowel and bladder surgery. Linda Mcintosh,, "Families with hospitalized kids served news," 27 June 2018 One person suffered the serious problem of a perforated bowel, which requires immediate attention. Anne Saker,, "Cincinnati VA turmoil: 3 patients sent elsewhere when surgery department closed for 4 days," 11 June 2018 Physician Anthony Dixon, who performed a vaginal mesh implant on Methuen-Campbell, has developed an international reputation for using the implant to fix bowel problems. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Woman commits suicide after surgeon removes ovaries that were 'in the way' without consent," 31 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of bowel

: the long tube in the body that helps digest food and carries solid waste out of the body

the bowels : the deep inner parts of something


bow·​el | \ˈbau̇-əl \

Kids Definition of bowel

1 : intestine usually used in pl.

2 : a part of the intestine the large bowel


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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