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

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Other Words from intestinal

intestinally adverb

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The main medical case featured a girl named Flora who needs intestinal surgery, performed by the titular Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Grey's Anatomy Brought Back a Bunch of Familiar Faces for Last Night's Episode," 2 Nov. 2018 The polyphenol-rich mangos have the added benefit of reducing intestinal inflammation. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Ubiquitous mangos taste good - and are good for you, too," 29 June 2018 This relationship can be cyclical, Sperling says: Stress or anxiety can prompt gut inflammation and intestinal spasms, leading to more GI symptoms, which can just translate to more stress or anxiety. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019 Image McDonald’s pulled salads from 3,000 restaurants in the Midwest after health experts announced that more than 100 people had been infected by an intestinal parasite in recent weeks. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "McDonald’s Removes Salads Linked to Intestinal Parasite Outbreak in Midwest," 13 July 2018 Medical personnel ordered each dog to be treated for coccidia, an intestinal parasite that can thrive in areas with dog feces, records show. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona U-Haul billionaire dumps 7 sick rottweilers on dog rescue in Gilbert," 26 June 2018 He was examined and found to have an intestinal obstruction and other ailments. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Tiger cub Moka recovers, back on display at San Diego Zoo Safari Park," 30 Mar. 2018 Sign-up One of the experimental drugs is a next-generation heartburn treatment, while the second is for chronic intestinal pain. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Picks AstraZeneca Executive to Be Next CEO," 4 Jan. 2019 Fermented foods like kombucha may also improve the health of your intestinal cells, boost your immune function, and cut your risk of allergy and chronic disease, says Neola. Cassie Shortsleeve, Good Housekeeping, "5 Things You Should Know Before You Drink Kombucha Again," 26 Aug. 2016

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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 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

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