Large intestine

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Large intestine
Intestine-diagram.svg
Front of abdomen, showing the large intestine, with the stomach and small intestine in gray outline.
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Front of abdomen, showing surface markings for liver (red), and the stomach and large intestine (blue). The large Intestine is like an upside down U.
Details
SystemDigestive system
ArterySuperior mesenteric, inferior mesenteric and iliac arteries
VeinSuperior and inferior mesenteric vein
LymphInferior mesenteric lymph nodes
Identifiers
LatinColon or intestinum crassum
MeSHD007420
TAA05.7.01.001
FMA7201
Anatomical terminology

The large intestine is also called the colon or large bowel. It connects the small intestine to the rectum and anus. It is about 1.5 meters long or 5 feet. It is shorter than the small intestine, but its diameter is larger.

Water is absorbed here and the remaining waste material is stored as faeces before being removed by defecation.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "large intestine". NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms. National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 2014-03-04.