(Anat.) That part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus.
2. pl. The bowels; entrails; viscera.
(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 ccum, colon, and rectum. --
(Human Anat. & Med.), the upper portion of the bowel, in which the process of digestion is practically completed. It is narrow and contorted, and consists of three parts, the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum.
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