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Alimentary canal   /ˌæləmˈɛntəri kənˈæl/   Listen
Alimentary canal

Tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination.  Synonyms: alimentary tract, digestive tract, digestive tube, gastrointestinal tract, GI tract.

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"Alimentary canal" Quotes from Famous Books

... sensations mentioned so far must be added those which come from the internal organs of the body. From the alimentary canal we get the sensations of hunger, thirst, and nausea; from the heart, lungs, and organs of sex come numerous well-defined but unnamed sensations which play an important part in making up the ...
— The Mind and Its Education • George Herbert Betts

... from abdere, to hide, or from a form adipomen, from adeps, fat), the belly, the region of the body containing most of the digestive organs. (See for anatomical details the articles ALIMENTARY CANAL, and ANATOMY, ...
— Project Gutenberg Encyclopedia

... the indiscriminate use of the above powerful drug, either alone or in combination with other drastic purgatives, than would be credited. Purgative medicines ought at all times to be exhibited with caution to an infant, for so delicate and susceptible is the structure of its alimentary canal, that disease is but too frequently caused by that which was resorted to in the first instance as a remedy. The bowels should always be kept free; but then it must be by the mildest ...
— The Maternal Management of Children, in Health and Disease. • Thomas Bull, M.D.

... INTESTINES, or alimentary canal, are divided into two parts—the small and large. The small intestine is about twenty-five feet in length, and is divided into three portions, namely, the Du-o-de'num, the Je-ju'num, and the Il'e-um. The large intestine is about five feet in length, and is divided into three parts, namely, ...
— A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition) • Calvin Cutter

... not adapted for white fibrous tissue or blood vessels, unless they have been hardened in chromic acid, as it causes the white fibers to swell up and lose their normal features. Sections of liver, lung, skin, and alimentary canal show better in glycerine unless ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 492, June 6, 1885 • Various

... and he records a case (Lib. xi., p. 318) wherein there were exhibited in the intellectual bowels symptoms similar to those we find in appendicitis. The brain is wrought into certain convolutions, just as the alimentary canal is; the fourth layer, so called, contains elongated groups of small cells or nuclei, radiating at right angles to its plane, which groups present a distinctly fanlike structure. Catalogitis is a stoppage of this fourth layer, whereby ...
— The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac • Eugene Field

... must originate in some definite part or other of the organism, boldly assumed that certain fevers, which not being known to be local were called constitutional, had their origin in the mucous membrane of the alimentary canal. The supposition was, indeed, as is now generally admitted, erroneous; but he was justified in making it, since by deducing the consequences of the supposition, and comparing them with the facts of those maladies, he might be certain of disproving his hypothesis if it was ill founded, and might ...
— A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive • John Stuart Mill

... of as microbes of indication, as their presence is held to be evidence of pollution of the water by material derived from the mammalian alimentary canal, and so to ...
— The Elements of Bacteriological Technique • John William Henry Eyre

... in the Alimentary Canal.—In the discussion of the foreign bodies that have been taken into the stomach and intestinal tract possibly the most interesting cases, although the least authentic, are those relating to living animals, such as fish, insects, or reptiles. It is particularly among the older writers ...
— Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine • George M. Gould

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