bowel

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noun bow·el \ˈbau̇(-ə)l\

Definition of bowel

  1. 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. 2 archaic :  the seat of pity, tenderness, or courage —usually used in plural

  3. 3 bowels plural :  the interior parts; especially :  the deep or remote parts bowels of the earth

bowelless

play \ˈbau̇(-ə)l-ləs\ adjective

Examples of bowel in a Sentence

  1. a disease of the bowel

  2. They dug deep into the bowels of the earth.

  3. The engine room is down in the bowels of the ship.

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Origin and Etymology of bowel

Middle English, from Anglo-French buel, boel, from Medieval Latin botellus, from Latin, diminutive of botulus sausage


First Known Use: 14th century



BOWEL Defined for English Language Learners

bowel

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Definition of bowel for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BOWEL Defined for Kids

bowel

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noun bow·el \ˈbau̇-əl\

Definition of bowel for Students

  1. 1 :  intestine —usually used in pl.

  2. 2 :  a part of the intestine the large bowel


Medical Dictionary

bowel

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noun bow·el \ˈbau̇(-ə)l\

Medical Definition of bowel

  1. :  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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