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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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colonnoun

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

    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.]

  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

    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. Melissa Goist:

    Due to the nature of the design, thongs can potentially promote transmission of colon bacteria towards and into the vagina, this potentially will disrupt the normal bacterial milieu and increase the risk of vaginal and urinary infections.

  2. Akram Al Deek:

    Notes To Self: 1.The falling of autumn leaves is not your fault. 2.Stop piling candles for decoration. They are meant to be burnt. 3.Silence has a voice of its own. Listen to your own silence. 4.A piece of advice from a divorced and a formerly political prisoner: “to be successful, avoid two things: women and politics!” 5.A semi-colon is the middle finger in a sentence when writing fiction. 6.Be sadist when you write. Good things come out of your character only when bad things happen to them. 7.A comedian once said: if you are looking for sympathy in life, you will only find it in the dictionary between shit and syphilis. 8.No expectations. Just instincts. 9.Undergraduate degrees of creative writing are rubbish. They are vehicles of producing mass ignorance. Because if undergraduates want to become writers, they have to spend their twenties reading excessively first. 10.Every time you get rejected by a publisher, be thankful. It is a boost for your ego to keep going forward. It is a second chance to reflect, write, and edit. It is a rebirth. It is similar to being given the question-sheet in an exam to revisit your answers before you submit your paper. 11.You are fake and hypocritical when you write for fame or political purpose. These are exterior. Honest and free writing is interior: that is when you write for yourself. 12.Mark things in green. It is the colour of grace, hope and nature. Red is bloody and fascist. 13.Reason, not need. - King Lear 14.Your body is roughly 72 per cent water. Keep hydrated. 15.Read alone. Write alone. Eat accompanied. 16.Do not drive all the time. Cycle when possible. 17.More radio. Less TV. 18.Read more. Write less. Writing comes later. 19.Sing to a mirror. 20.Re-paint your walls. 21.Read an article or summarise a short story a day. 22.Learn a new word a day too. 23.Become drunk with poetry. 24.Watch foreign films. 25.Buy mother a piece of jewellery with first salary. 26.Publish a book before you are 30. 27.Practice poetry. For fun. 28.Have a tattoo you will regret. 29.Put that bloody mobile phone down! Do not become a machine driven by machines! 30.Speak less. Listen more.

  3. Matt Lauer:

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

  4. Alyssa Dweck:

    We see ‘vaginalpHhavoc,’ if you will, break out from [using a toy in the vagina that has just been used for anal play], if you want to use a toy in the anal area, first of all, remember that it has to have some sort of a retrieval device, a string or something along that line. My husband happens to be a colon and rectal surgeon, so I hear of toys getting stuck in the colon because there is nothing to remove it. If you want to switch back and forth between vaginal and anal play thenI would definitely wash the toy in between, and you may want to use a condom on some of the toys as well.

  5. Hannah Arrington:

    We got rushed from our local hospital to Arnold Palmer( Hospital for Children), he got the surgery done and they took out almost three 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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    a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
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