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Glossary: large intestine, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

large intestine

(larj in-TES-tin)

The long, tube-like organ that is connected to the small intestine at one end and the anus at the other. The large intestine has four parts: cecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal. Partly digested food moves through the cecum into the colon, where water and some nutrients and electrolytes are removed. The remaining material, solid waste called stool, moves through the colon, is stored in the rectum, and leaves the body through the anal canal and anus.

Gastrointestinal (digestive) system anatomy; shows esophagus, liver, stomach, large intestine, and small intestine.

The stomach and esophagus are part of the upper digestive system.

2006-11-07

Colon and Rectal Cancer