in·tes·ti·nal | \in-ˈte-stə-nᵊl, -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

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Other Words from intestinal

intestinally adverb

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Three days later, doctors removed part of his bowel to relieve an intestinal blockage and installed a pacemaker, Flair said. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "After an earlier life-saving operation, Ric Flair undergoes another surgery," 9 July 2018 Her mother, Nailah Winkfield, said that doctors declared Jahi dead on June 22 after an operation to treat an intestinal issue. Fox News, "The Latest: Funeral starts for girl declared dead twice," 6 July 2018 Nailah Winkfield said doctors declared her daughter Jahi McMath dead on June 22 from excessive bleeding and liver failure after an operation to treat an intestinal issue. CBS News, "Jahi McMath, girl at center of debate over brain death, dies, mother says," 29 June 2018 Babies vaccinated against rotavirus, the leading cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide, may have a small risk of a dangerous intestinal blockage, researchers reported Tuesday. NBC News, "Studies Find Small Risk From Rotavirus Vaccine," 20 Feb. 2018 Soft items like socks or underwear can cause intestinal blockages. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Exactly What To Do If Your Pet Eats Something Toxic," 7 Sep. 2017 Illinois reported 90 cases of the intestinal illness so far and Iowa has discovered 15 cases. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "More Than 100 People Ill From Parasite Possibly Linked to McDonald's Salads," 13 July 2018 Reports released from the Iowa Public Health Department and the Illinois Public Health Department have announced that both states are currently investigating outbreaks of a parasite that causes intestinal illness. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "McDonald's Salads Possibly Linked to Parasite," 13 July 2018 More than 20 people who ate salads at McDonald’s restaurants in Illinois have suffered from Cyclosporiasis — an intestinal illness — since mid-May, while 15 were sickened in Iowa. USA TODAY, "Health officials: Dozens in Midwest sickened after eating McDonald's salads," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of intestinal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in·tes·ti·nal | \in-ˈte-stə-nᵊl \

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 \ \ adverb

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