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

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Jay Crouch received two new kidneys, a liver, a small intestine and pancreas from a single donor. Fox News, "7-year-old boy recovering after 5-organ transplant surgery," 25 Apr. 2018 The device at the center of the case, a duodenoscope, is threaded down through the mouth, throat and stomach to the top of the small intestine. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Olympus Unit Settles Criminal Probe Over Device Linked to ‘Superbug’ Infections," 10 Dec. 2018 Over time, this harms your small intestine’s lining and prevents absorption of nutrients, which can lead to weight loss. Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Surprising Medical Conditions That Can Cause Weight Gain or Loss (and When to Go to the Doctor)," 12 Nov. 2018 Your gallbladder holds a digestive fluid called bile that's released into your small intestine to help with the crucial task of breaking down your food. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Gastrointestinal Issues That Can Affect You During Pregnancy," 14 Dec. 2018 These short-chain carbohydrates found in a wide range of nutritious foods are particularly susceptible to malabsorption in your small intestine. Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Eat for IBS, According to a Nutritionist," 4 Sep. 2017 Drinking on an empty stomach will irritate the tiny hair like structures in your small intestine responsible for nutrient absorption. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "Drink Responsibly: A Healthy Guide to Imbibing," 21 Feb. 2014 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

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1767, in the meaning defined above

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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

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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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