noun, plural: ilea

The terminal (or distal) portion of the small intestine, characterized by narrower diameter, numerous Peyer's patches, fewer circular folds, and smaller, rounder villi on the surface for adsorption of enzymes and absorption of digestive products


In humans, the small intestine is comprised of three sections:

Word origin: Latin īleum (groin, flank)

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