What does colon mean?

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ˈkoʊ ləncolon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. colon(noun)

    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 colon(noun)

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

  3. colon, Costa Rican colon(noun)

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

  4. Colon, Aspinwall(noun)

    a port city at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal

  5. colon(noun)

    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. colón(Noun)

    The currency of Costa Rica, divided into 100 céntimos

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colon(noun)

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

  2. Colon(noun)

    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. Origin: [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.

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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. Jackie Walorski:

    My dad was a veteran. He died of colon cancer, this is so personal to me.

  2. Matt Lauer:

    Let me just say that I saw that colon a lot before the rest of you saw it.

  3. Gina Sam:

    Your body's contractions of the colon work at its highest level in the morning. That's when your body is designed to poop!

  4. 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.

  5. Catherine Ngo:

    The slower the system, the longer the digestive contents have to be reabsorbed by the colon, resulting not only in decreased frequency of stools, but harder stools.

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