large intestine

noun

Definition of large intestine

: the more terminal division of the vertebrate intestine that is wider and shorter than the small intestine, typically divided into cecum, colon, and rectum, and concerned especially with the resorption of water and the formation of feces

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Whether they are found naturally in a food or added to it, our small intestines can’t break fibers down, so they get passed along to the large intestine, where some soluble fiber does get broken down by bacteria, per the FDA. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Is Added Fiber in Literally Everything?," 12 July 2019 These diverticula pouches are generally located within the body’s colon/lower part of the large intestine. Nicole Skrobin, chicagotribune.com, "The role medical cannabis plays in treating diverticulitis," 10 Sep. 2019 After 27 operations, and the removal of her large intestine, she was taken off life support four months later. David Jeans, New York Times, "The Polaris RZR, an Off-Road Thrill That Can Go Up in Flames," 6 Sep. 2019 Ortiz, 43, was shot at close range at a nightclub in the Dominican Republic on June 9, and nearly died from traumatic injuries to his liver, small intestine, large intestine, and gallbladder, which was removed. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "David Ortiz: ‘Big Papi will be back soon’ as recovery from shooting continues," 29 July 2019 Ortiz suffered injuries to his liver, large intestine, small intestine and the membrane that holds the small intestine in place. Washington Post, "Quick work, luck saved Red Sox slugger Ortiz, surgeons say in first interview," 14 June 2019 As food moves through the small intestine, nutrients and water are absorbed into your bloodstream, and waste moves on to the large intestine, where it is turned into stool, moves to your rectum, and stays there until pushed out in a bowel movement. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Why Does Falling in Love Make Me Constipated?," 20 Aug. 2019 The doctor and his team would operate for 4 1/2 hours, removing his gallbladder, a segment of his liver and large intestine, and repairing his small intestine. Danny Gold, SI.com, "The Broken Case of David Ortiz," 23 July 2019 This fibrous gel later gets broken down by bacteria in the large intestine, a process that ends up providing a small amount of calories, per the FDA. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What’s the Difference Between Soluble and Insoluble Fiber?," 15 May 2019

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1742, in the meaning defined above

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large intestine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of large intestine

: the end part of the intestine that is wider and shorter than the small intestine

large intestine

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Kids Definition of large intestine

: the wide lower part of the intestine from which water is absorbed and in which feces are formed

large intestine

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Medical Definition of large intestine

: the more terminal division of the vertebrate intestine that is wider and shorter than the small intestine, typically divided into cecum, colon, and rectum, and concerned especially with the resorption of water and the formation of feces

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