Definition of bowel in English:

bowel

noun

  • 1The part of the alimentary canal below the stomach; the intestine.

    ‘he felt his bowels loosen’
    ‘the lining of the bowel’
    as modifier ‘bowel cancer’
    • ‘Terrified and claustrophobic she vomited and evacuated her bowel and bladder.’
    • ‘The large intestine or large bowel consists of the colon and the section before the anus, the rectum.’
    • ‘When the disease affects only the rectum - the final portion of the bowel, it is known as proctitis.’
    • ‘It coats the inside of the bowel and makes it easier to see on the x-rays.’
    • ‘So when you say permeability you mean the bowel literally becomes more leaky than it should be.’
    • ‘Peritonitis causes the normal bowel movement to stop and the bowel to become blocked.’
    • ‘Cancer of the small bowel, the longer, thinner part of the intestines is much rarer.’
    • ‘Most infections are caused by bacteria that live harmlessly in your bowel.’
    • ‘There are plans for a national bowel screening program to begin here in Australia.’
    • ‘This misplaced tissue may be found on the ovaries, uterus, bowel, pelvis and abdomen.’
    • ‘Less commonly, endometriosis can occur on the bladder, bowel or other organs.’
    • ‘Other operations included a double bowel and bladder transplant and treatment for a burst appendix.’
    • ‘The pelvic floor is formed of layers of muscle that support the uterus, bowel and bladder.’
    • ‘One baby was lying on each side of her stomach but her bowel sat in a band across it, and was so heavy it was like carrying a third child.’
    • ‘It often affects more than one part of the bowel leaving normal, unaffected areas in-between.’
    • ‘Try taking some laxatives to help the muscles of the bowel to constrict.’
    • ‘The colon is the large intestine or lower bowel and sits in the abdomen, forming the last part of the digestive tract.’
    • ‘In contrast to those of the large bowel, benign villous adenomas of the urinary tract are rare.’
    • ‘The doctor will listen to your description of symptoms and will probably want to know about your bowel habit.’
    • ‘The upper cut end of the bowel is brought out through this opening and the edges are stitched to the margins of the opening.’
    intestine, intestines, small intestine, large intestine, colon
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    1. 1.1the bowels of The deepest inner parts or areas of (something)
      ‘the mineshaft descended deep into the bowels of the earth’
      • ‘The clerk practically jumped from his chair and scurried off, deep into the bowels of the office.’
      • ‘He would have to take it deep into the bowels of the earth, for the glorious Garland Battle was about to begin.’
      • ‘He came upon an alley deep within the bowels of the city and spotted his prey below him.’
      • ‘Deep in bowels of the mansion was the epicentre of communication technology and field command.’
      • ‘He was deep in the bowels of the Utopian hierarchy's realm, so there was no turning back now.’
      • ‘Once she was sure the rope was secure she lowered the bucket into the deep bowels of the well.’
      • ‘Of course, I am doing most of my work in a windowless meeting room deep in the bowels of the structure.’
      • ‘But what if someone stood up and admitted whatever he held deep within the bowels of his soul.’
      • ‘Dark things were happening last week, deep in the bowels of Scottish Labour, as rival factions settled accounts.’
      • ‘No wonder there's an air of trepidation deep in the bowels of the new Mound complex as they look forward to seeing the entries.’
      interior, inside, core, belly, cavity, pit
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French bouel, from Latin botellus, diminutive of botulus ‘sausage’.

Pronunciation

bowel

/ˈbaʊəl/