colon

In punctuation, a colon is the mark made by stacking two periods (:). The colon can be used to separate the hour and minutes in time (7:30 a.m.) or to introduce a list or a quotation.

A colon is also a unit of money in both Costa Rica and El Salvador. It equals 100 centimos in the former and 100 centavos in the latter. When you travel to Costa Rica, you can trade dollars for colons. In medical terms, your colon is part of your digestive system, and its purpose is to extract water from solid waste. In humans, there are four parts of the colon: ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid.

Primary Meanings of colon

1.
n
the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted
2.
n
a punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter)
3.
n
the basic unit of money in El Salvador; equal to 100 centavos
Full Definitions of colon
1

n the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted

Types:
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megacolon
an abnormal enlargement of the colon; can be congenital (as in Hirschsprung's disease) or acquired (as when children refuse to defecate)
transverse colon
the part of the large intestine that extends across the abdominal cavity and joins the ascending to the descending colon
ascending colon
the part of the large intestine that ascends from the cecum to the transverse colon
descending colon
the part of the large intestine that descends from the transverse colon to the sigmoid colon
sigmoid colon, sigmoid flexure
the s-shaped curve between the descending colon and the rectum
Type of:
large intestine
beginning with the cecum and ending with the rectum; includes the cecum and the colon and the rectum; extracts moisture from food residues which are later excreted as feces
2

n a punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter)

Type of:
punctuation, punctuation mark
the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
3

n the basic unit of money in El Salvador; equal to 100 centavos

Synonyms:
El Salvadoran colon
Type of:
El Salvadoran monetary unit
monetary unit in El Salvador

n the basic unit of money in Costa Rica; equal to 100 centimos

Synonyms:
Costa Rican colon
Type of:
Costa Rican monetary unit
monetary unit in Costa Rica

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