small intestine


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

Examples of small intestine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The closer a pill lands to the antrum, the last part of the stomach before the intestine, the faster the pill begins to dissolve and find its way through the pylorus into the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 After passing through the stomach and small intestine, the food enters the large intestine. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 31 July 2022 The company also sells scopes for procedures in the bladder, small intestine and ear, nose and throat. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 28 July 2022 After being born at 28 weeks, Everly was diagnosed with duodenal atresia, which blocks a portion of the small intestine. Charmaine Patterson,, 20 July 2022 Sandy Honig, known for co-creating HBO Max's Three Busy Debras, revealed on social media that she was diagnosed with gastroparesis, a relatively uncommon disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 These important molecules are absorbed through the walls of the small intestine and eventually are used by the body for energy, growth and cellular repair, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 24 June 2021 Digestive enzymes and acid in your stomach break down the food which is then passed through to the small intestine. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 31 July 2022 Unintentional weight loss is a common symptom of health conditions that cause malnutrition (when your small intestine can’t absorb enough nutrients)—and this is especially true with celiac disease. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of small intestine

1767, in the meaning defined above

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27 Sep 2022

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“Small intestine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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

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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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