small intestine

noun

Definition of small intestine 

: 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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The cause wascancer of the small intestine, said his son, Daniel Krauthammer. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018 The immune system reaction results in inflammation and damage in the lining of the small intestine, which can lead to medical complications, such as acute stomach pain and failure to absorb nutrients. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Dilemma of the Gluten-Free Diet," 16 Apr. 2018 The cause was cancer of the small intestine, said his son, Daniel Krauthammer. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 22 June 2018 The damage done by the immune system in celiac causes the long, fingerlike parts of the small intestine, called villi, to become much shorter. Amber H. Langshaw, M.d., miamiherald, "What is celiac disease? It’s not a wheat allergy and it’s not a fad | Miami Herald," 27 Feb. 2018 Jack was born without a small intestine, endured many dozens of surgeries and infections, and last year, after his second bowel transplant, suffered a stroke that robbed him of his ability to speak, stand or eat on his own. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 2018 The infection occurs in the small intestine and symptoms usually show up about seven days after the parasite is ingested. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Here Are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis, the Illness Linked to Recalled Vegetable Trays," 9 July 2018 The colon is the large intestine, which is a tube in the abdomen about 5 feet long that helps move solid stool from the small intestine to the rectum. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Diverticulitis can cause digestive problems for some," 7 June 2018 The capsule from Silicon Valley startup Rani Therapeutics transports an entire injection rig past the stomach’s fiery acid pit and into the small intestine. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 July 2018

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1767, in the meaning defined above

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small intestine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of small intestine

: the long, narrow upper part of the intestine in which food is digested after it leaves the stomach

small intestine

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Kids Definition of small intestine

: the long narrow upper part of the intestine in which food is mostly digested and from which digested food is absorbed into the body

small intestine

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Medical Definition of small intestine 

: 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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