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Definition of bowel noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 your bowels (= to pass solid waste out of the body) bowel cancer/cancer of the bowel
  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).
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