Definition of intestine in English:


Syllabification: in·tes·tine
Pronunciation: /inˈtestən
(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 See also large intestine, small intestine.
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    • 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.
    gut, guts, entrails, viscera
    informal insides, innards
  • 1.1(Especially in invertebrates) the whole alimentary canal from the mouth downward.
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    • In a live specimen food particles can be seen passing through the intestine which terminates at the anus located on the postabdomen.


late Middle English: from Latin intestinum, neuter of intestinus, from intus 'within'.

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