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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
The necropsy results, released last week, listed just some of the items scientists found stuck in its stomach and intestines: plastic bags, pieces of net, a plastic water container.
So would-be sloth farts are simply reabsorbed through the intestines into the bloodstream.
This motion mimics how our intestines and esophagus move food around our body — a process known as peristalsis.
After decades of lurking in intestines and hospitals—more opportunistic nuisance than lethal threat—the bacterium Clostridium difficile abruptly exploded, spreading rapidly and causing more severe diarrheal disease than ever before.
Occasionally, these adhesions can block the intestines and require additional surgery.
The discovery comes only a year or so after scientists reported the discovery of another organ called the mesentery, which was found to be a kind of fatty strip that helps hold the intestines in place.
Writing this feels like pouring out my guts and throwing my long intestine onto the screen, because talking about addiction is difficult beyond words.
The live organisms work by dislodging and removing the toxic decay which has accumulated on the walls of your intestines over time.
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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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