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

Recent Examples of large intestine from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'large intestine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of large intestine

1742


LARGE INTESTINE Defined for English Language Learners

large intestine

noun

Definition of large intestine for English Language Learners

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


LARGE INTESTINE Defined for Kids

large intestine

noun

Definition of large intestine for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

large intestine

noun

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

Illustration of large intestine



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up large intestine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!