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Did You Know?
We bet you thought "intestine" was a noun referring to a part of the digestive system! It is, of course, but naming that internal body part isn't the word's only function. Both the noun and the adjective "intestine" have been a part of English since the 15th century, and both trace to the Latin adjective intestinus, meaning "internal," and ultimately to intus, meaning "within." Though the adjective "intestine" turns up much less frequently than does its anatomical cousin, it does see occasional use, especially as a synonym for "civil" and "domestic" (in contrast to "foreign") applied to wars and disturbances.
Recent Examples of intestine from the Web
Hillard explained that there are some side effects of using it, including interference with some medicines and some gastrointestinal intestine problems.
Turquoise ovals crowd a ring of fluorescent magenta flesh in another image—a section of intestines inside a zebrafish.
Human intestines pulled from the viscera of the NPFL’s ethnic enemies served as makeshift gates.
There have been other cases in which children receive a new pancreas, but those transplants are usually done in conjunction with kidney and intestine transplants.
Pieces in the collection included a focus on raw, unfinished materials, including leather trousers and trenchcoats, or thick, intestine-like wool belts.
By the early 19th century, American men were sporting condoms fashioned from animal intestines.
The intestines, lungs and meat are distributed to people along with the skin and blubber.
In other words, the waste from her intestines would empty into a bag through a hole created in her abdomen.
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INTESTINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intestine for English Language Learners
: a long tube in the body that helps digest food after it leaves the stomach
INTESTINE Defined for Kids
Definition of intestine for Students
medical Definition of intestine
- the movement of digested food through your intestines
- —Mayo Clinic Health Letter
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