intestinal

adjective

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

Examples of intestinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your internal sphincter acts as an intestinal gas barometer. Julia Ries, SELF, 12 Feb. 2024 The defense secretary underwent a minimally invasive surgical procedure for prostate cancer Dec. 22, which led to a urinary tract infection and serious intestinal complications. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 1 Feb. 2024 The needles provide nutrients, antioxidants and minerals and also are good for intestinal worm control. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 31 Dec. 2023 The wellness guru believes that the secret to dieting is feeding your gut microbiome, which is the trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that inhabit your intestinal tract and bear huge impact on your weight and health. Lauren Mechling, Vogue, 29 Dec. 2023 This resulted in the backup of his intestinal contents which was treated by placing a tube through his nose to drain his stomach. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024 Researchers who analyzed the contents of these plugs found that they are made up largely of intestinal secretions and cells that slough off from inside the intestinal tract even during long periods without food. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 29 Nov. 2023 Researchers have speculated that Ötzi ate these mushrooms in an effort to poison and expel the intestinal parasites that plagued him. Gabe Allen, Discover Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 That water is likely to be rife with bacteria that can lead to violent intestinal diseases, such as dysentery and cholera. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 21 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Intestinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intestinal. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

intestinal

adjective
in·​tes·​ti·​nal in-ˈtes-tən-ᵊl How to pronounce intestinal (audio)
1
: of or relating to the intestine
2
: affecting or occurring in the intestine
intestinally
adverb

Medical Definition

intestinal

adjective
in·​tes·​ti·​nal
in-ˈtes-tən-ᵊl, -ˈtes(t)-nəl, -ˈtes-ᵊn-əl, British often ˌin-(ˌ)tes-ˈtīn-ᵊl
1
a
: 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
intestinally adverb

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