American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The intestine. Often used in the plural.
- n. A part or division of the intestine: the large bowel.
- n. The interior of something: in the bowels of the ship.
- n. Archaic The seat of pity or the gentler emotions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the intestines of an animal; a division of the alimentary canal below the stomach; a gut, especially of man: chiefly used in the plural to denote the intestines collectively.
- n. One of the viscera; any internal organ of the body, as the stomach, liver, brain, etc.
- n. plural The interior part of anything.
- n. plural The inner parts as the seat of pity or kindness; hence, tenderness; compassion.
- n. plural Offspring; children.
- To take out the bowels of; eviscerate; penetrate the bowels of; disembowel.
- n. A part or division of the intestines, usually the large intestine.
- n. in the plural The entrails or intestines; the internal organs of the stomach.
- n. in the plural The (deep) interior of something.
- n. in the plural, archaic The seat of pity or the gentler emotions; pity or mercy.
- v. To disembowel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of the intestines of an animal; an entrail, especially of man; a gut; -- generally used in the plural.
- n. Hence, figuratively: The interior part of anything.
- n. The seat of pity or kindness. Hence: Tenderness; compassion.
- n. obsolete Offspring.
- v. To take out the bowels of; to eviscerate; to disembowel.
- n. the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
- From Middle French boel, from Latin botellus, diminutive of botulus ("sausage"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French boel, from Latin botellus, small intestine, diminutive of botulus, sausage. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The bowel is returned to the abdominal cavity, and the abdominal wall is closed during one procedure.”
“On the day of the procedure, your child will have an abdominal X-ray to determine whether the bowel is clean of stool.”
“If so, the bowel is covered by a sheet of protective material and gradually returns to the abdominal cavity by gravity.”
“Sometimes, a part of the liver or bowel is on top of the stomach.”
“But hey, my friend Darren exited a 3-week emergency stay at the hospital with a ruptured bowel from a lithotripsy gone awry.”
“A hole that her bladder and/or bowel is likely to prolapse into.”
“And once you stop using laxatives, rebound constipation can occur, creating long-term bowel difficulties.”
“Help your child to understand that we call bowel movements “waste” because they are something our bodies make that we are supposed to “throw away.””
“The amount of time this takes is called bowel transit time BTT.”
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