from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The mucous membrane-lined tube of the digestive system through which food passes, in which digestion takes place, and from which wastes are eliminated. It extends from the mouth to the anus and includes the pharynx, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Also called digestive tract.
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- n. The organs of a human or an animal through which food passes. The digestive tract.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the entire channel, extending from the mouth to the anus, by which aliments are conveyed through the body, and the useless parts ejected.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
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The manner in which the secretions of the alimentary canal and of certain glands -- as the liver, kidneys, or mammæ are affected by strong emotions, is another excellent instance of the direct action of the sensorium on these organs, independently of the will or of any serviceable associated habit.