Definition of bowel in US English:

bowel

(also bowels)

noun

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

    • ‘Other operations included a double bowel and bladder transplant and treatment for a burst appendix.’
    • ‘Most infections are caused by bacteria that live harmlessly in your bowel.’
    • ‘Try taking some laxatives to help the muscles of the bowel to constrict.’
    • ‘The upper cut end of the bowel is brought out through this opening and the edges are stitched to the margins of the opening.’
    • ‘It often affects more than one part of the bowel leaving normal, unaffected areas in-between.’
    • ‘There are plans for a national bowel screening program to begin here in Australia.’
    • ‘The pelvic floor is formed of layers of muscle that support the uterus, bowel and bladder.’
    • ‘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 large intestine or large bowel consists of the colon and the section before the anus, the rectum.’
    • ‘This misplaced tissue may be found on the ovaries, uterus, bowel, pelvis and abdomen.’
    • ‘The colon is the large intestine or lower bowel and sits in the abdomen, forming the last part of the digestive tract.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Less commonly, endometriosis can occur on the bladder, bowel or other organs.’
    • ‘Terrified and claustrophobic she vomited and evacuated her bowel and bladder.’
    • ‘When the disease affects only the rectum - the final portion of the bowel, it is known as proctitis.’
    intestine, intestines, small intestine, large intestine, colon
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    1. 1.1the bowels of — The parts deep inside something large.
      ‘the train picks up speed for its final plunge into the subterranean bowels of Manhattan’
      • ‘But what if someone stood up and admitted whatever he held deep within the bowels of his soul.’
      • ‘He came upon an alley deep within the bowels of the city and spotted his prey below him.’
      • ‘Of course, I am doing most of my work in a windowless meeting room deep in the bowels of the structure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The clerk practically jumped from his chair and scurried off, deep into the bowels of the office.’
      • ‘Deep in bowels of the mansion was the epicentre of communication technology and field command.’
      • ‘Dark things were happening last week, deep in the bowels of Scottish Labour, as rival factions settled accounts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He would have to take it deep into the bowels of the earth, for the glorious Garland Battle was about to begin.’
      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

/ˈbou(ə)l//ˈbaʊ(ə)l/