large intestine

Definitions of large intestine
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n 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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