Large intestine

The large intestine (or large bowel) is a 1.5 metre muscular tube that extends from the caecum 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:

Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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rID: 1566
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Colon
  • Large bowel

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