small intestine

noun

: the narrow part of the intestine that lies between the stomach and colon, consists of duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, secretes digestive enzymes, and is the chief site of the digestion of food into small molecules which are absorbed into the body

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Recent Examples on the Web Celiac disease affects the mucosal lining of the small intestine, which is where many micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are absorbed. Sarah Anzlovar, Ms, Verywell Health, 15 May 2024 Also called cholangiocarcinoma, bile duct cancer is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the ducts, or tubes, connecting the liver, gallbladder and small intestine according to the National Cancer Institute. Taijuan Moorman, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for small intestine 

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of small intestine was in 1767

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“Small intestine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/small%20intestine. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

small intestine

noun
: the long narrow part of the intestine between the stomach and the colon in which food is mostly digested, from which digested food is absorbed into the body, and which consists of the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum

Medical Definition

small intestine

noun
: the part of the intestine that lies between the stomach and colon, consists of duodenum, jejunum, and ileum, secretes digestive enzymes, and is the chief site of the absorption of digested nutrients

called also small bowel

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