What does colon mean?

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ˈkoʊ ləncolon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. colonnoun

    the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted

  2. colon, El Salvadoran colonnoun

    the basic unit of money in El Salvador; equal to 100 centavos

  3. colon, Costa Rican colonnoun

    the basic unit of money in Costa Rica; equal to 100 centimos

  4. Colon, Aspinwallnoun

    a port city at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal

  5. colonnoun

    a punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter)


  1. colónnoun

    The currency of Costa Rica, divided into 100 céntimos

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Colonnoun

    Etymology: ϰῶλον.

    Now, by your cruelty hard bound,
    I strain my guts, my colon wound. Jonathan Swift.

    The contents of the colon are of a sower, fetid, acid smell in rabbits. John Floyer, on the Humours.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colonnoun

    that part of the large intestines which extends from the caecum to the rectum. [See Illust of Digestion.]

  2. Colonnoun

    a point or character, formed thus [:], used to separate parts of a sentence that are complete in themselves and nearly independent, often taking the place of a conjunction

  3. Etymology: [L. colon, colum, limb, member, the largest of the intestines, fr. Gr. kw^lon, and in sense of the intestine, ko`lon: cf. F. colon. Cf. Colic.]


  1. Colon

    The colon is the last part of the digestive system in most vertebrates. It extracts water and salt from solid wastes before they are eliminated from the body and is the site in which flora-aided fermentation of unabsorbed material occurs. Unlike the small intestine, the colon does not play a major role in absorption of foods and nutrients. However, the colon does absorb water, sodium and some fat soluble vitamins. In mammals, the colon consists of four sections: the ascending colon, the transverse colon, the descending colon, and the sigmoid colon. The cecum, colon, rectum and anal canal make up the large intestine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Colon

    kō′lon, n. the mark (:) used to indicate a distinct member or clause of a sentence. [Gr. kōlon, a limb, member.]

  2. Colon

    kō′lon, n. that portion of the large intestine which extends from the cæcum to the rectum, which is the terminal portion of the intestinal canal.—n. Colonī′tis, inflammation of the colon. [L.,—Gr. kolon, the large intestine.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Colon

    a town at the Atlantic terminus of the Panama Railway. See Aspinwall.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Colon

    The segment of LARGE INTESTINE between the CECUM and the RECTUM. It includes the ASCENDING COLON; the TRANSVERSE COLON; the DESCENDING COLON; and the SIGMOID COLON.

Editors Contribution

  1. colon

    An organ within the body of an animal, human being or organism.

    A function of the colon in the body is to process matter that then moves out of the body.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 7, 2020  

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  1. Colon

    the large intestine; that usually enlarged portion of the alimentary canal before the rectum.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of colon in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of colon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of colon in a Sentence

  1. Mark Rodgers:

    He’s become our ambassador, we’ve Zoomed with him several times, i used him as an example of overcoming adversity. ‘Baseball is not about living and dying, having colon cancer is about living and dying. Baseball has got to be fun.’ That’s the message that Trey gave to these kids.

  2. Elizabeth Blaney:

    The colon's main job is to reabsorb water. If you're a bit dehydrated, your stool will be harder and more difficult to pass.

  3. Jonathan Simons:

    For now, we see no active surveillance for colon or pancreatic cancer or glioblastoma, but we know that follicular lymphoma, a low-growing, low-grade cancer, does overlap with nonaggressive prostate cancer.

  4. Maya Harris:

    She took our hands and she said she'd been diagnosed with colon cancer, that was one of the worst days of my life, truly. But, you know, it is also, as, you know, and your family knows...

  5. Hannah Arrington:

    He got the surgery done, and they took out almost 3 feet of his small intestine, he also had to get the holes in his stomach repaired, holes in his large intestine repaired and a part near his colon repaired as well.

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