Definition of Bowel

1. Noun. The part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus.

Exact synonyms: Gut, Intestine
Generic synonyms: Internal Organ, Viscus
Terms within: Hindgut
Specialized synonyms: Small Intestine, Large Intestine
Group relationships: Abdomen, Belly, Stomach, Venter
Derivative terms: Gut, Intestinal

Definition of Bowel

1. n. One of the intestines of an animal; an entrail, especially of man; a gut; -- generally used in the plural.

2. v. t. To take out the bowels of; to eviscerate; to disembowel.

Definition of Bowel

1. Noun. (chiefly medicine) A part or division of the intestines, usually the large intestine. ¹

2. Noun. (in the plural) The entrails or intestines; the internal organs of the stomach. ¹

3. Noun. (in the plural) The (deep) interior (term of) something. ¹

4. Noun. (in the plural archaic) The seat of pity or the gentler emotions; pity or mercy. ¹

5. Verb. (rare) To disembowel. ¹

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Definition of Bowel

1. to disbowel [v -ELED, -ELING, -ELS or -ELLED, -ELLING, -ELS] - See also: disbowel

Medical Definition of Bowel

1. A general term that includes the small and large intestine. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bowel

bowed down(p)
bowed out
bowed stringed instrument
bowed tendon
bowel (current term)
bowel cancer
bowel cancers
bowel disorders and fibre
bowel infections
bowel movements
bowel obstruction
bowel perforation
bowel sounds

Literary usage of Bowel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1919)
"If it is found necessary, a primary resection of the bowel is possible, or, the first stage of the three-stage Mikulicz operation can be done. ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1899)
"shows the bowel united by a simple continued suture. The knotted continuous suture will be found to have advantages in that by it each stitch will be placed ..."

3. The Lancet (1898)
"The question of the existence or position of the Internal orifice of the fistula into the bowel has next to be considered and in the cases in which the ..."

4. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1891)
"OBSTRUCTION OF THE bowel. BY M. PRICE, MD [Read October 14,1891.] THE treatment of obstruction of the bowel is a matter of the greatest importance to the ..."

5. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1896)
"Many feet of bowel matted together in the region of the strangulated hernia had to be separated and quite a large piece re-. moved. ..."

6. Digestive Diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact edited by James E. Everhart (1995)
"Nearly 5 million Americans report having ever had irritable bowel, ... Irritable bowel is responsible for more than 27 million days of restricted activity, ..."

7. Transactions of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists by American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (1914)
"BY WALTER CG KIRCHNER, AB, MD, St Louis, Mo. I DESIRE in this paper to review the results of some seventy cases of bowel obstruction on which I had ..."

8. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1897)
"Dr. Laplace's forcep* is formed of two complete forceps, the bowel blades of each forming half a circle, or half an ellipse, the two locked together forming ..."

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