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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
Those extra enzymes may also help prevent food malabsorption and leaky gut, in which food particles and/or microbes make their way out of the intestines and into the bloodstream, causing inflammation.
All four autopsies showed an expansion of gas in the intestines, which causes pain and could result in a rupture.
Another head-scratcher for Beyond Meat’s scientists was how to replicate a sausage’s casing, which is usually made of animal intestine.
One indicator of French views on obesity is the rising rate of extreme treatments like bariatric surgery, in which part of the stomach or intestine is removed or bypassed.
But, as in the intestines, so in the mouth, scientific medicine is at last coming to grips with the fact that the mixture of microbes present is both important and capable of manipulation, to the benefit of the host.
But some media organizations have speculated that the teen suffered from a condition called Rapunzel syndrome, in which a mass of hair forms in the stomach and part of it—described in medical literature as a long tail—passes into the intestine.
There is no cure, and the only way to manage the disease is to stop eating gluten so the intestines can heal.
Such vast quantities of gas can rupture the intestines if they get trapped and can’t find an outlet.
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Origin and Etymology of intestine
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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