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Large intestine

Dr Henry Knipe and Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The large intestine (or large bowel) is a 1.5 meter muscular tube that extends from the cecum to the rectum. It has three outer longitudinal muscular layers called taenia coli, which are about 30 cm shorter than the length of the large bowel causing characteristic sacculations interrupted by incomplete rings called haustra 1. The large bowel is divided into the following parts:

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Article information

rID: 1566
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Colon
  • Large bowel

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  • Case 1: normal appearance on barium enema
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