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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Recent Examples on the Web The 25th Amendment was first used for a temporary disability when Reagan underwent surgery at Bethesda Naval Medical Center to remove a cancerous polyp in his large intestine in 1985. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "What happens if Trump's COVID gets worse? Line of succession and transfer of power explained," 2 Oct. 2020 Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of your large intestine (i.e., colon) and rectum. Anna Borges, SELF, "Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms That Should Be on Your Radar," 10 Sep. 2020 Removal of the large intestine can be considered a cure for ulcerative colitis, but not without complications. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Ulcerative Colitis, Abe’s Affliction, Is a Long-Term, Debilitating Disease," 28 Aug. 2020 Whereas the large intestine houses a plethora of bacterial colonies, the small intestine houses very few. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Gut bacteria might flip the effects of a common cancer-causing mutation in an unexpected way," 20 Aug. 2020 This inflammation leads to irritation, swelling, and sores called ulcers on the inner lining of the large intestine. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Questions to Ask Your Doctor After an Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis," 19 Aug. 2020 The beetle has to make its way through several inches of inner organs, including an esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine, per CNN. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "When This Beetle Gets Eaten by a Frog, It Heads for the ‘Back Door’," 5 Aug. 2020 In fact, by most standards, the dexamethasone result hasn’t even made it all the way through science’s large intestine. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Dexamethasone and the Recovery Trial’s High-Speed Science," 24 June 2020 To begin with, fiber is important for digestive health, including providing food for the beneficial bacteria in our gut, or large intestine. Carrie Dennett, Washington Post, "Beyond bread and beans: Getting enough fiber when you have a food intolerance," 4 Nov. 2019

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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 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for large intestine

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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