What does bowel mean?

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ˈbaʊ əl, baʊlbow·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intestine, bowel, gutnoun

    the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus


  1. bowelnoun

    A part or division of the intestines, usually the large intestine.

  2. bowelnoun

    The entrails or intestines; the internal organs of the stomach.

  3. bowelnoun

    The (deep) interior of something.

    The treasures were stored in the bowels of the ship.

  4. bowelnoun

    The seat of pity or the gentler emotions; pity or mercy.

  5. bowelverb

    To disembowel.

  6. Etymology: From boel, from botellus, diminutive of botulus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Bowelverb

    To pierce the bowels.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    But to the bowell’d cavern darting deep
    The mineral kinds confess thy mighty power. James Thomson.


  1. bowel

    The gastrointestinal tract (GI tract, digestive tract, alimentary canal) is the tract or passageway of the digestive system that leads from the mouth to the anus. The GI tract contains all the major organs of the digestive system, in humans and other animals, including the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Food taken in through the mouth is digested to extract nutrients and absorb energy, and the waste expelled at the anus as feces. Gastrointestinal is an adjective meaning of or pertaining to the stomach and intestines. Most animals have a "through-gut" or complete digestive tract. Exceptions are more primitive ones: sponges have small pores (ostia) throughout their body for digestion and a larger dorsal pore (osculum) for excretion, comb jellies have both a ventral mouth and dorsal anal pores, while cnidarians and acoels have a single pore for both digestion and excretion.The human gastrointestinal tract consists of the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, and is divided into the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts. The GI tract includes all structures between the mouth and the anus, forming a continuous passageway that includes the main organs of digestion, namely, the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. The complete human digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal tract plus the accessory organs of digestion (the tongue, salivary glands, pancreas, liver and gallbladder). The tract may also be divided into foregut, midgut, and hindgut, reflecting the embryological origin of each segment. The whole human GI tract is about nine metres (30 feet) long at autopsy. It is considerably shorter in the living body because the intestines, which are tubes of smooth muscle tissue, maintain constant muscle tone in a halfway-tense state but can relax in spots to allow for local distention and peristalsis.The gastrointestinal tract contains the gut microbiota, with some 1,000 different strains of bacteria having diverse roles in maintenance of immune health and metabolism, and many other microorganisms. Cells of the GI tract release hormones to help regulate the digestive process. These digestive hormones, including gastrin, secretin, cholecystokinin, and ghrelin, are mediated through either intracrine or autocrine mechanisms, indicating that the cells releasing these hormones are conserved structures throughout evolution.


  1. bowel

    The bowel is a general term for the part of the digestive system which includes the small and large intestines. It is responsible for the absorption of nutrients and water from food and drink, and the elimination of waste from the body.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bowelnoun

    one of the intestines of an animal; an entrail, especially of man; a gut; -- generally used in the plural

  2. Bowelnoun

    hence, figuratively: The interior part of anything; as, the bowels of the earth

  3. Bowelnoun

    the seat of pity or kindness. Hence: Tenderness; compassion

  4. Bowelnoun


  5. Bowelverb

    to take out the bowels of; to eviscerate; to disembowel

Editors Contribution

  1. bowel

    An organ in the body of a human being or animal.

    The bowel is an amazing organ and plays a vital role in the body of an animal or human.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 17, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bowel' in Nouns Frequency: #2355

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  2. elbow

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bowel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bowel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bowel in a Sentence

  1. Hayley Picchini:

    That’s like someone telling you that you should sit and have a bowel movement, covered of course, in the middle of two gates where people can see you.

  2. Otis Brawley:

    Traditional surgery is needed in some patients who have a history of bowel obstruction or other complications.

  3. Wesley Black:

    I kept getting told,' oh, it's [ Irritable Bowel Syndrome ], or it's Crohn's disease, or you need to change your diet,'.

  4. Ohio State University:

    We know that smoking, alcohol, lack of physical activity, being overweight or obese, increased consumption of red meat – so basically, dietary factors and environmental and lifestyle factors – are likely playing a big role, there are also some other factors, such as the growing incidence of inflammatory bowel disease, that may also be playing a role, and I think the biggest factors is most likely the diet, the lifestyle and the environmental factors.

  5. Ohio State University:

    There are also some other factors, such as the growing incidence of inflammatory bowel disease, that may also be playing a role, and I think the biggest factors is most likely the diet, the lifestyle and the environmental factors.

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