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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
It was caused by a particularly virulent strain of E. coli, bacteria that normally live in the intestines of people and animals.
The team concluded that the IMBED could sensitively and specifically detect small amounts of blood in the intestines.
Tapeworms are flat worm parasites that take up residence in the intestines of people and animals.
The toxins enter the cells of your intestines, causing symptoms including low-grade fever, stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting.
Some problems, like stroke, diabetes or a blockage in the intestines, can cause constipation.
How to cook, not overcooking the liver, heart, intestines.
There also will be meat kebabs, tabouli salad and perhaps a delicacy that uses sheep hooves and intestine.
In keeping with his ethnic roots, he's even taken a stage name in honor of a sausage, a hearty stuffed-intestine favored by Poles and other Slavs.
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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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