intestine

adjective
in·​tes·​tine | \ in-ˈte-stən How to pronounce intestine (audio) \

Definition of intestine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: internal specifically : of or relating to the internal affairs of a state or country intestine war

intestine

noun

Definition of intestine (Entry 2 of 2)

: the tubular part of the digestive tract that extends from the stomach to the anus — compare large intestine, small intestine

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Noun

intestine: A large intestine,B small intestine

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Adjective

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.

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Escherichia coli, a normal and often harmless bacteria that lives in the intestines of humans and animals, is best killed by washing hands with soap and water, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "O.C. Fair emphasizes hand-washing after child illnesses and death linked to animals at San Diego County Fair," 1 July 2019 Doctors in the Dominican Republic removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine before he was wheeled into an air ambulance sent by the Red Sox and flown to Boston. Author: Danica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, "Dominican AG: David Ortiz shooting was the result of mistaken identity," 19 June 2019 Ortiz had been in stable condition in intensive care at a Santo Domingo hospital after doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine, according to his spokesman, Leo López. Houston Chronicle, "David Ortiz back in Boston after shooting in Dominican bar," 11 June 2019 Ortiz was flown to Boston on Monday in an air ambulance provided by the Red Sox after doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine. CBS News, "David Ortiz recovering from more surgery in Boston hospital after shooting," 11 June 2019 Listeria is found in soil, water and the intestines of some animals. Holly Yan And Allen Kim, CNN, "What is listeria? Everything you need to know," 2 July 2019 The woman had recently been treated for a urinary tract infection as well as a condition called diverticulitis, which occurs when part of the intestine is inflamed or infected. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "This Woman Had Feces Leaking Into Her Bladder—and Yes, It’s as Gross as It Sounds," 2 July 2019 Also, the drug failed in a separate trial of NASH patients who had cirrhosis and high blood pressure in the large vein that brings blood from the intestine to the liver. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Conatus seeking ‘strategic alternatives,’ lays off 40 percent of staff after liver drug fails," 24 June 2019 In 2018, a team of researchers in Australia organized the first human trials of an ingestible sensor that measures gas production from inside the intestines. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Swallowable Gut Sensors to Detect And Heal," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of intestine

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intestine

Adjective

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French intestin, from Latin intestinus, from intus within — more at ent-

Noun

Middle English, from Middle French intestin, from Latin intestinum, from neuter of intestinus

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intestine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intestine

: a long tube in the body that helps digest food after it leaves the stomach

intestine

noun
in·​tes·​tine | \ in-ˈte-stən How to pronounce intestine (audio) \

Kids Definition of intestine

: the lower part of the digestive canal that is a long tube made up of the small intestine and large intestine and in which most of the digestion and absorption of food occurs and through which waste material passes to be discharged

intestine

noun
in·​tes·​tine | \ in-ˈtes-tən How to pronounce intestine (audio) \

Medical Definition of intestine

: the tubular portion of the digestive tract that lies posterior to the stomach from which it is separated by the pyloric sphincter and consists of a slender but long anterior part made up of the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum which function in digestion and assimilation of nutrients and a broader shorter posterior part made up of the cecum, colon, and rectum which function in resorption of water from the by-products of digestion and formation of the feces often used in plural the movement of digested food through your intestinesMayo Clinic Health Letter — see large intestine, small intestine

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