American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The portion of the intestine that extends from the ileum to the anus, forming an arch around the convolutions of the small intestine and including the cecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Human Anat. & Med.) the lower portion of the bowel, terminating at the anus. It is adapted for the retention of fecal matter, being shorter, broader, and less convoluted than the
small intestine; it consists of three parts, the cæcum, colon, and rectum.
- n. beginning with the cecum and ending with the rectum; includes the cecum and the colon and the rectum; extracts moisture from food residues which are later excreted as feces
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