Large intestine facts

Large intestine
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Front of abdomen, showing the large intestine, with the stomach and small intestine in gray outline.
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Front of abdomen, showing surface markings for liver (red), and the stomach and large intestine (blue)
Latin intestinum crassum
Artery Superior mesenteric, Inferior mesenteric and Iliac arteries
Lymph inferior mesenteric lymph nodes

The large intestine is also called the colon or large bowel. It connects the small intestine to the rectum and anus. It is about 1.5 meters long or 5 feet. It is shorter than the small intestine, but its diameter is larger.

Water is absorbed here and the remaining waste material is stored as faeces before being removed by defecation.

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