Definition of large intestine in US English:

large intestine


  • The cecum, colon, and rectum collectively.

    • ‘The colon is the large intestine or lower bowel and sits in the abdomen, forming the last part of the digestive tract.’
    • ‘Paneth cells are commonly found in the mucosa of the entire small intestine and the proximal large intestine, including the appendix.’
    • ‘Gastrointestinal defects are structural defects that can occur at any point along the gastrointestinal tract, which is made up of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum, and anus.’
    • ‘In other species, an expanded region of the first part of the large intestine, the caecum, serves a similar function.’
    • ‘The colon and the rectum are part of the large intestine, which is part of the digestive system.’
    gut, guts, entrails, viscera
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large intestine

/lärj inˈtestən/