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large intestine

Definitions of large intestine
  1. noun
    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
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    colon
    the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted
    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:
    bowel, gut, intestine
    the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
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