Definition of mesentery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmezənterē/

noun (plural mesenteries)

A fold of the peritoneum that attaches the stomach, small intestine, pancreas, spleen, and other organs to the posterior wall of the abdomen.
Example sentences
  • For these studies, an incision was made in the abdomen, and the mesentery and small intestine were exteriorized.
  • They may occur in the mesentery of the small intestine, the wall of the duodenum, the upper part of the jejunum, or more rarely, in the wall of the stomach, ileum, gallbladder, or spleen.
  • Coffee specifically draws toxins from the liver through the mesentery of the small intestine.



Pronunciation: /ˌmez(ə)nˈterik/
Pronunciation: /ˌmes(ə)nˈterik/
Example sentences
  • Abdominal tuberculosis may involve the gastrointestinal tract, peritoneum, mesenteric lymph nodes, or genitourinary tract.
  • Deep vein thrombosis also may affect the caval, innominate, cerebral, hepatic, portal, splenic, mesenteric, and renal venous circulations.
  • Metastatic foci were also seen in the mesenteric lymph nodes, pancreas, stomach, visceral pleura, and bone marrow.


Late Middle English: via medieval Latin from Greek mesenterion, from mesos 'middle' + enteron 'intestine'.

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Syllabification: mes·en·ter·y

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