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intestine

When you eat food, it first passes into your stomach, and then into your intestine. Fun fact: your large intestine is about five feet long. Makes you wonder why they don't call it your "long intestine" instead.

The human intestine is split into two sections: the small intestine and the large intestine. Your intestine's job is to continue breaking down the food you've eaten and absorb nutrients into your bloodstream. Intestine comes from the Latin word intestinum, "gut" or "bowels," which is the neuter form of the adjective intestinus, "inward" or "internal."

Definitions of intestine
  1. noun
    the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
    synonyms: bowel, gut
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    small intestine
    the longest part of the alimentary canal; where digestion is completed
    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
    duodenum
    the part of the small intestine between the stomach and the jejunum
    jejunum
    the part of the small intestine between the duodenum and the ileum
    ileum
    the part of the small intestine between the jejunum and the cecum
    colon
    the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted
    type of:
    internal organ, viscus
    a main organ that is situated inside the body
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