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noun, plural: intestines

(1) The segment of the alimentary canal, starting from the pylorus of stomach to the anus

(2) The portion in the animal digestive tube where food passes through immediately after the stomach


In humans, the intestines are divided into two segments:

The major functions of the intestines include digestion of food, absorption, and reabsorption of water and some electrolytes.

Word origin: Latin intestīna (intestines), from intestīnus (internal), from intus (within)

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