from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The second to last part of the digestive system, comprising the cecum and colon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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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