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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from intestinal

intestinally adverb

Examples of intestinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The following year, a new vaccine against rotavirus, which causes diarrhea in babies and young children, was taken off the market after being linked to the risk of potentially deadly intestinal blockages, according to STAT. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Lyme disease vaccine discontinued, but new ways to prevent it are coming: Health Matters," 26 Jan. 2020 Patients with advanced prostate cancer and intestinal blockages also arrived, wrongly admitted to his internal medicine unit, but Zimba saw them anyway. Oliver Staley, Quartz Africa, "Zambia has 17 million people, a stroke epidemic, and no neurologists," 30 Dec. 2019 Magnets that are both small and powerful are not permitted in children's toys because of the risk a child could swallow a magnet and metal item, leading to an intestinal blockage or perforation. Pamela Boykoff And Clare Sebastian, CNN, "Fake and dangerous kids products are turning up for sale on Amazon," 20 Dec. 2019 Her death followed a months-long struggle to recover from complications after surgery for an intestinal blockage. Danny Robbins, ajc, "have died at Pulaski State Prison," 13 Dec. 2019 The Miami Beach resident, part of the superstar pop trio the Bee Gees, died in 2003 from an intestinal blockage. Doreen Christensen,, "These 25 celebrities died in South Florida | Photos," 8 Oct. 2019 After a prolonged postnatal hospital stay, which included a C-section recovery, a uterine artery rupture, emergency surgery, pneumonia, and an intestinal blockage, I was left depleted. Hannah Selinger, Glamour, "I Got a ‘Mommy Makeover,’ but It Wasn’t About Losing Weight," 12 Sep. 2019 Some dogs develop gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, or diarrhea after chewing rawhides, and others may chew off pieces that can become choking hazards or create intestinal blockages. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: How to ‘chews’ the best dog chew toys," 9 Sep. 2019 According to the TLC Foundation for BFRBs, around 5 to 20 percent of people who have trichotillomania also swallow the hair, which in severe cases can result in serious intestinal blockage. Anna Borges, SELF, "Here’s When Hair-Pulling, Skin-Picking, or Nail-Biting Becomes a Disorder," 13 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'intestinal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of intestinal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about intestinal

Time Traveler for intestinal

Time Traveler

The first known use of intestinal was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for intestinal

Last Updated

15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Intestinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for intestinal


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 intestinally (audio) \ adverb

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on intestinal

Spanish Central: Translation of intestinal

Nglish: Translation of intestinal for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of intestinal for Arabic Speakers

Comments on intestinal

What made you want to look up intestinal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!