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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This finding might suggest that the living supplements could help rejuvenate the intestinal inhabitants after an antibiotic onslaught—as probiotic makers would surely like to claim. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 It is generally contracted from contaminated poultry, meat, eggs and water, and affects the intestinal tract. Faith Karimi, CNN, "More people sickened as salmonella outbreak traced to eggs grows," 12 May 2018 Obesity may change the microbiota (bacteria in the intestinal tract), favoring species that promote tumors. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Don't call 'baby fat' cute. Childhood obesity increases your kids' risk of chronic disease," 26 Apr. 2018 The bacteria more formally known as Escherichia coli can be found in the environment, in food and even in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. Molly Sullivan And Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Girl, 16, sickened as E. coli outbreak hits Sacramento region | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 Responding to outbreaks of salmonella poisoning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture put in place emergency regulations at egg farms to crack down on cases of poisoning from the bacteria, which is found in the intestinal tracts of birds and animals. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana firm recalls more than 206 million eggs over salmonella fears after 22 become ill," 15 Apr. 2018 Salmonella is a bacterial infection that generally affects the intestinal tract and, occasionally, the bloodstream. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Egg recall: What you need to know about salmonella," 15 Apr. 2018 One example is necrotizing enterocolitis, a common intestinal condition among premature infants that can lead to life-threatening infections. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "Trump Administration Cancels Research Contract for Fetal Tissue," 25 Sep. 2018 There, the capsule breaks down, freeing a tiny, inflatable balloon that drives a micro needle into the intestinal wall to deliver the dose. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 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 \-​ē \ adverb

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