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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
This dish is a deeply flavored stew of octopus, small intestines, and shrimp in varying levels of heat, cooked tableside on an induction range.
This experiment to help people with rare forms of cystic fibrosis in the Netherlands aims to grow mini intestines for every Dutch patient with the disease to figure out, in part, what treatment might work for them.
The amount of the CYP3A4 enzyme in the intestine varies from person to person, says Huang.
Norovirus is a stomach bug that causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines.
When that meat is consumed, digestive acids dissolve the hard covering of the cyst and release the larvae, which then grow into worms that reproduce in the intestines.
A quarter of a mile away, in the neighboring Korogocho slum that shelters 150,000 of Nairobi’s poorest people, Akoko encountered a middle-aged woman laboring over a large, uncovered pot of simmering chicken intestines.
The reason? Prostaglandins — the same chemicals that trigger cramps — can also cause your intestines to contract, giving you that gotta-go-now feeling.
Our intestines are packed with bacteria that work hand in hand with our immune system to limit the growth of pathogens and control GI disorders like Crohn's disease, IBD, and ulcerative colitis.
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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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