ileum

noun

il·​e·​um ˈi-lē-əm How to pronounce ileum (audio)
plural ilea ˈi-lē-ə How to pronounce ileum (audio)
: the last division of the small intestine extending between the jejunum and large intestine
ileal adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The chance of making that diagnosis goes up markedly when the terminal ileum is included. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2020 Nicholas' ileum, the final section of his small intestine, is full of pus and ulcers. Mark Johnson And Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2010 The ileum is not scoped during a routine screening because doing so takes more time and because the chance of finding something significant is small. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2020 View Sample Sign Up Now Instead, the sugar and other components of fruit quickly move farther down the small intestine to the jejunum and ileum. Markham Heid, Time, 6 June 2018

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, alteration of Latin ilia, plural, groin, viscera

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ileum was in 1682

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Cite this Entry

“Ileum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ileum. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

ileum

noun

il·​e·​um ˈil-ē-əm How to pronounce ileum (audio)
plural ilea -ē-ə How to pronounce ileum (audio)
: the last part of the small intestine between the jejunum and the large intestine
ileal adjective

Medical Definition

ileum

noun

il·​e·​um ˈil-ē-əm How to pronounce ileum (audio)
plural ilea -ē-ə How to pronounce ileum (audio)
: the last division of the small intestine that constitutes the part between the jejunum and large intestine and in humans forms the last three fifths of the part of the small intestine beyond the end of the duodenum and that is smaller and thinner-walled than the jejunum with fewer circular folds but more numerous Peyer's patches

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