Meaning of intestine in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈtɛst(ɪ)n/

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(also intestines)
  • 1(in vertebrates) the lower part of the alimentary canal from the end of the stomach to the anus.

    ‘the contents of the intestine’
    • ‘loops of intestine’
    • ‘The digestive tract consists of a mouth, buccal cavity, esophagus, stomach, two-section intestine, and anus.’
    • ‘A layer of mucus lines the stomach, oesophagus and intestines to act as a barrier against this acid.’
    • ‘The pouches may be noticed during a barium enema, when a liquid is inserted into the intestine through the anus and an X-ray of the abdomen is taken.’
    • ‘The most familiar choice is the small intestine, the upper stretch of our intestine just below the stomach.’
    • ‘These symptoms result from inflammation or irritation of the stomach and intestines - the gastrointestinal tract, or gut.’
    • ‘Barium is inserted into the intestine through the anus (back passage) and X-rays are then taken of the abdomen.’
    • ‘If perforation occurs in the stomach or intestines, fever and abdominal pain and tenderness may develop.’
    • ‘Around the tenth week of pregnancy, the intestine moves from the umbilical cord into the abdomen.’
    • ‘Nearly all the blood from the stomach and intestines passes through the liver.’
    • ‘The posterior viscera were exposed and the esophagus traced through to the cecum, stomach, intestine, and rectum region.’
    • ‘There is a possibility that the oesophagus, stomach or intestine may be damaged or, in rare and extreme cases, perforated during the procedure.’
    • ‘Smooth muscles are involuntary and located inside internal organs such as the stomach and intestines.’
    • ‘Bulimia can cause tears and irritation in the esophagus, stomach, and intestines.’
    • ‘These drugs help to relieve muscle spasms in the intestines so that the stomach empties more quickly.’
    • ‘The plain abdominal films show distended loops of intestine with thickened bowel walls.’
    • ‘Smooth cells make up the stomach, intestine, blood vessels and other organs.’
    • ‘It is also effective for hemorrhage of the lungs, stomach and intestines or topically for wound healing.’
    • ‘The cancer can then progress by metastasizing into the liver, kidney, pancreas, lung, stomach and intestine.’
    • ‘Peptic ulcers are those in the stomach and the next part of the intestine, the duodenum.’
    • ‘Caffeine has a stimulating effect on the brain and nerves, the heart and circulatory system, the stomach and intestines.’
    gut, guts, entrails, viscera
    1. 1.1(especially in invertebrates) the whole alimentary canal from the mouth downward.
      • ‘In a live specimen food particles can be seen passing through the intestine which terminates at the anus located on the postabdomen.’
      intestines, entrails


Late Middle English from Latin intestinum, neuter of intestinus, from intus ‘within’.