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

Examples of intestinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, most preemies transferred to the University of New Mexico Hospital for emergency intestinal surgery had come from Lovelace, one tipster said. Bryant Furlow, ProPublica, "I Received Tips to Look Into How a Hospital Treated Premature Babies. Getting Data Was Nearly Impossible.," 5 Apr. 2021 One day after Byron Buxton departed in the third inning because of intestinal distress, Arraez did the same. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Luis Arraez latest Twin to leave mid-game with digestive issue," 5 Apr. 2021 And one day after giving birth, Taylor’s daughter had to be sent on a life flight for an emergency surgery to correct an intestinal blockage. Jennifer Folsom, NBC News, "KYV's reboot-your-career camp: How to find your focus, and your passion," 25 Mar. 2021 Alvarado said her three older children often suffered debilitating intestinal pains, headaches and distended stomachs from the unsafe drinking water., "Navigating the pandemic has not easy for Louisville nonprofit MedWater, which brings safe water to remote Amazon communities.," 26 Mar. 2021 Animals may still chew on them and, Hedge warned, this can then lead to intestinal obstructions. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your pets are perfectly safe around the indoor plants. Or are they?," 13 Mar. 2021 In other mammals, the wavelike peristalsis of the intestinal muscles are consistent in all directions. Tess Joosse, Science | AAAS, "How do wombats poop cubes? Scientists get to the bottom of the mystery," 27 Jan. 2021 With the tying run across in the seventh and final inning, a runner on and two outs, play was stopped when Texas reliever Brett de Geus began experiencing intestinal discomfort. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A liner off his pitching hand was 'a little scary' for the Brewers' Brent Suter, but he'll be OK," 13 Mar. 2021 But every year, hundreds of thousands of patients undergo follow-up operations to carve away the internal scar tissue that results, which causes problems such as pain and intestinal blockages. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "These bacteria-gobbling immune cells help the body heal—but also cause surgical complications," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of intestinal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Apr 2021

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“Intestinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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 intestinal (audio) \ adverb

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