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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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 Softer stools and more consistent bowel movements, Dr. Lee says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Fiber Should I Be Eating to Feel Regular?," 30 May 2019 Probiotics may increase bloating, gas, or a change in bowel movements depending on the strain and your personal response to it. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Probiotics, According to Experts," 11 May 2019 Harris, mom to Molly, 13, and Noah, 16, and step-mom to Zach, 7, has been battling stage four bowel cancer since last year. Fox News, "Oncology nurse forced to fundraise for terminal cancer treatment says it's working," 31 May 2018 Concerned about the increase in bowel cancers in the young and middle aged, the American Cancer Society is calling for people to start getting screened at age 45. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Screening for bowel cancers should start start at 45, group says," 29 May 2018 He was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014, according to CNN, and a year later announced publicly that the cancer was terminal. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "TotalBiscuit, Popular YouTuber and British Gaming Critic, Dies at 33," 25 May 2018 Ahmed used Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets to virtually bring together surgeons from the BMI London Independent Hospital and Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai to operate together on a bowel-cancer patient in October. Jason Gale, The Seattle Times, "Digital eyewear, 3D holograms challenge hidebound med schools," 28 Jan. 2018 Not everyone has the exact same symptoms, but most people will have some degree of heat intolerance, unintentional weight loss, tremor, muscle weakness, hair loss, more frequent and looser bowels, anxiety, irritability or poor concentration. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "What is Graves' disease? A MedStar endocrinologist explains," 5 Apr. 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 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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