last part of the digestive system in vertebrate animals, including the cecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal
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.
Front of abdomen, showing surface markings for liver (red), and the stomach and large intestine (blue). The large Intestine is like an upside down U.
|Artery||Superior mesenteric, inferior mesenteric and iliac arteries|
|Vein||Superior and inferior mesenteric vein|
|Lymph||Inferior mesenteric lymph nodes|
|Latin||Colon or intestinum crassum|
- "large intestine". NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms. National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 2014-03-04.