in·​tes·​ti·​nal | \ in-ˈte-stə-nᵊl How to pronounce intestinal (audio) , -ˈtes(t)-nəl, -ˈte-sᵊn-əl, British often ˌin-(ˌ)te-ˈstī-nᵊl \

Definition of intestinal

1 : affecting, occurring, or living in the intestine
2 : of, relating to, or being the intestine

Other Words from intestinal

intestinally adverb

Examples of intestinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The term enteric refers to the gastrointestinal tract, and observers said the disease could be an intestinal illness like typhoid and cholera. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 And so they get impacted somewhere in the lower end of their intestinal tract. Kira Bindrim, Quartz, 23 May 2022 When gluten damages the lining of the intestinal tract, your body has trouble absorbing nutrients from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, according to the Mayo Clinic. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 3 May 2022 Feeding cow milk to a baby under 1 year could trigger allergies, intestinal bleeding, and stress on the kidneys. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 26 May 2022 As the findings of the National Center for Biotechnology Information revealed, Akkermansia can improve the intestinal lining for some people. Mahnoor Khan, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2022 Twice after the transplant, surgeons had to go into his abdomen to relieve an intestinal infection. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Cronnon went to the ER for treatment, and developed gastro-intestinal issues afterwards, including cramping and reflux pain after meals. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 18 Jan. 2022 Mucus is a gelatinous, slippery fluid created by cells lining the parts of our bodies exposed to the external environment, like the respiratory and intestinal tracts and organs including the liver and pancreas. Nayeli Lomeli, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of intestinal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jun 2022

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“Intestinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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in·​tes·​ti·​nal | \ in-ˈte-stə-nᵊl How to pronounce intestinal (audio) \

Kids Definition of intestinal

: of, relating to, or affecting the intestine an intestinal illness


in·​tes·​ti·​nal | \ in-ˈtes-tən-ᵊl, -ˈtes(t)-nəl, -ˈtes-ᵊn-əl, British often ˌin-(ˌ)tes-ˈtīn-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of intestinal

1a : affecting or occurring in the intestine intestinal digestion intestinal catarrh
b : living in the intestine the intestinal flora an intestinal worm
2 : of, relating to, or being the intestine the intestinal canal

Other Words from intestinal

intestinally \ -​ē How to pronounce intestinal (audio) \ adverb

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