Definition of small intestine in US English:

small intestine

noun

  • The part of the intestine that runs between the stomach and the large intestine; the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum collectively.

    • ‘In the United States, there's a great shortage of donor organs: hearts, livers, lungs, kidneys, pancreases and small intestines.’
    • ‘In the small intestine, the digestion of food, which begins in the mouth and stomach, is completed.’
    • ‘Coins that reach the stomach and small intestines usually pass uneventfully.’
    • ‘Cancer of the small intestine, esophagus and pharynx is associated with celiac disease.’
    • ‘Infection by one type of roundworm, known as a hookworm, can cause problems in your small intestine or lungs.’
    • ‘Muscle phosphocreatine, an energy storage molecule, is formed in a series of steps involving the pancreas, kidneys, small intestines, and the liver.’
    • ‘Manometry may also be used to measure pressures in your stomach, small intestine and rectum.’
    • ‘If the blood flow to your small intestine or colon is reduced, you may develop intestinal ischemia.’
    • ‘These plant-derived, non-digestible sugars pass through the stomach and small intestines to the colon, where the good bacteria ferment them for fuel.’
    • ‘Cancer takes rulership of the stomach, although Virgo has some significance here, and resumes the major rulership over the organs that lie below the stomach, including the belly, bowels, and small intestines.’
    • ‘Why can't you use the small intestines or the pituitary gland?’
    • ‘The latter might be a confusion with ileum, the third portion of the small intestine.’
    • ‘The compounds seemed to hit an unknown target in the small intestine that helped transport dietary cholesterol.’
    • ‘This can be accomplished by surgically making a direct connection from the stomach to a lower segment of the small intestines and bypassing the duodenum and some of the jejunum.’
    • ‘The part of the small intestines used for the feeding is called the jejunum.’
    • ‘It is stored and concentrated in the gall bladder and passed into the small intestine through the bile ducts to help with digestion, mainly of fats.’
    • ‘This type of peptic ulcer develops in the first part of the small intestine (duodenum).’
    • ‘When the food moved from the stomach into the small intestine it triggered an allergic reaction.’
    • ‘The flow of secretions from your stomach, liver, pancreas and small intestine may decrease.’
    • ‘In the various sections of the small intestine, the jejunum was the most common area of wall thickening.’
    gut, guts, entrails, viscera
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Pronunciation

small intestine

/smôl inˈtestən/