Definition of large intestine in US English:

large intestine


  • The cecum, colon, and rectum collectively.

    • ‘In other species, an expanded region of the first part of the large intestine, the caecum, serves a similar function.’
    • ‘Paneth cells are commonly found in the mucosa of the entire small intestine and the proximal large intestine, including the appendix.’
    • ‘The colon is the large intestine or lower bowel and sits in the abdomen, forming the last part of the digestive tract.’
    • ‘The colon and the rectum are part of the large intestine, which is part of the digestive system.’
    • ‘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.’
    gut, guts, entrails, viscera
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large intestine

/lärj inˈtestən/