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

Examples of large intestine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The difference is that ulcerative colitis targets the colon, or the large intestine, while Crohn’s can cause problems anywhere in the digestive system—from the entry to the exit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rebecca Joy Stanborough, SELF, 7 Jan. 2022 The operation involved removing half of the pope's colon, and typically, surgeons connect the remaining right half to the healthy remnants of the large intestine. Peter Weber, The Week, 5 July 2021 Her appendix, a thin tube that joins to the large intestine, needed to be removed right away. Laura Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Dec. 2021 Those who are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis can experience ulcers in the large intestine, which may lead to diarrhea, bloody stool, and abdominal pain. Natalie Rizzo, SELF, 28 Oct. 2021 Medically speaking, ulcerative colitis (UC) is a condition that causes inflammation in your large intestine (also known as your colon). Rachel Nall, Msn, SELF, 5 Nov. 2021 Holmes was telling people that doctors had removed sixteen feet of his large intestine. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 Most people use medications to stop inflammation in the large intestine. Korin Miller, SELF, 5 May 2021 Francis, 84, has been recovering after having 13 inches of his colon removed for what the Vatican said was a severe narrowing of the large intestine. Fox News, 13 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of large intestine

1742, in the meaning defined above

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“Large intestine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/large%20intestine. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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large intestine

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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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