transverse colon


: the middle portion of the colon that extends across the abdominal cavity

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web During screening colonoscopy, a cockroach was encountered in the transverse colon of a 51-year-old woman with a history of schizophrenia. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 7 Aug. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transverse colon was circa 1860

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“Transverse colon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

transverse colon

: the part of the large intestine that extends across the abdominal cavity joining the ascending colon to the descending colon

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