Definition of bowel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbaʊəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊəl//
    Internal anatomy
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  1. 1 [countable, usually plural] the tube along which food passes after it has been through the stomach, especially the end where waste is collected before it is passed out of the body (medical) to empty/move/open your bowels (= to pass solid waste out of the body) bowel cancer/cancer of the bowel Patients are asked to report any change in bowel habit. irritable bowel syndrome See related entries: Internal anatomy
  2. 2the bowels of something [plural] (literary) the part that is deepest inside something A rumble came from the bowels of the earth (= deep underground).
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French bouel, from Latin botellus, diminutive of botulus ‘sausage’.
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