Definition of alimentary canal in English:

alimentary canal


  • The whole passage along which food passes through the body from mouth to anus during digestion.

    • ‘Crohn's disease is a chronic, relapsing inflammatory disorder of the alimentary canal with involvement anywhere from the mouth to the anus.’
    • ‘The food in the alimentary canal is technically outside the body.’
    • ‘The alimentary canal is not innervated via the ventral nervous system as has been claimed earlier.’
    • ‘The digestive system is made up of the alimentary canal and the other abdominal organs that play a part in digestion, such as the liver and pancreas.’
    • ‘The latter group includes tissues lining the airways; the alimentary canal and its associated organs and glands; and the genito-urinary system.’


alimentary canal

/alɪmɛnt(ə)ri kəˈnal/