mesentery

noun
mes·​en·​tery | \ˈme-zᵊn-ˌter-ē, -sᵊn-\
plural mesenteries

Definition of mesentery 

1a : one or more vertebrate membranes that consist of a double fold of the peritoneum and invest the intestines and their appendages and connect them with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity

b : a fold of membrane comparable to a mesentery and supporting a viscus (such as the heart) that is not a part of the digestive tract

2 : a support or partition in an invertebrate like the vertebrate mesentery

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mesenteric \ ˌme-​zᵊn-​ˈter-​ik , -​sᵊn-​ \ adjective

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Last year, an Irish surgeon discovered the mesentery, which connects the intestine to the abdomen. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Study says we have an undiscovered organ. It's called the interstitium," 28 Mar. 2018 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. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Scientists discovered a new ‘organ’ in the body. It may explain how cancer spreads | Charlotte Observer," 27 Mar. 2018 In the press release, Coffey says treating the mesentery like an organ could lead to medical breakthroughs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Meet Your Newest Organ: The Mesentery," 4 Jan. 2017 According to Ben Guarino at The Washington Post, the mesentery has been in the anatomy books for over a century. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Meet Your Newest Organ: The Mesentery," 4 Jan. 2017 There is also one big problem with defining the organ: no one knows exactly what the mesentery's function is. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Meet Your Newest Organ: The Mesentery," 4 Jan. 2017 A new study claims the mesentery should be considered an organ unto itself rather than disparate parts. National Geographic, "7 Amazing Animal Organs People Don't Have," 14 Jan. 2017 In the press release, Coffey says treating the mesentery like an organ could lead to medical breakthroughs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Meet Your Newest Organ: The Mesentery," 4 Jan. 2017 Peerwani said King’s mesa colon, the mesentery that supplies blood to the colon, was cut likely a week before his death. Deanna Boyd, star-telegram.com, "Could the death of one abused child have saved the life of another?," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of mesentery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mesentery

Middle English mesenterie, from Medieval Latin mesenterion, from Greek, from mes- + enteron intestine — more at inter-

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mesentery

noun
mes·​en·​tery | \ˈmez-ᵊn-ˌter-ē, ˈmes- \
plural mesenteries

Medical Definition of mesentery 

1 : one or more vertebrate membranes that consist of a double fold of the peritoneum and invest the intestines and their appendages and connect them with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity specifically : such membranes connected with the jejunum and ileum in humans

2 : a fold of membrane comparable to a mesentery and supporting a viscus (as the heart) that is not a part of the digestive tract

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