Definition of Colon

1. Noun. The part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted.

2. Noun. The basic unit of money in El Salvador; equal to 100 centavos.
Exact synonyms: El Salvadoran Colon
Terms within: Centavo
Generic synonyms: El Salvadoran Monetary Unit

3. Noun. The basic unit of money in Costa Rica; equal to 100 centimos.
Exact synonyms: Costa Rican Colon
Terms within: Centimo
Generic synonyms: Costa Rican Monetary Unit

4. Noun. A port city at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal.
Exact synonyms: Aspinwall
Generic synonyms: City, Metropolis, Urban Center, Port
Group relationships: Panama, Republic Of Panama

5. Noun. A punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter).
Generic synonyms: Punctuation, Punctuation Mark

Definition of Colon

1. n. That part of the large intestines which extends from the cæcum to the rectum. [See Illust of Digestion.]

Definition of Colon

1. Noun. (grammar) The punctuation mark "'''(unsupported :)'''". ¹

2. Noun. (rare) The triangular colon (especially in context of not being able to type the actual triangular colon). ¹

3. Noun. A rhetorical figure consisting of a clause which is grammatically, but not logically, complete. ¹

4. Noun. (anatomy) Part of the large intestine; the final segment of the digestive system, after (distal to) the ileum and before (proximal to) the anus ¹

5. Noun. The currency of Costa Rica, divided into 100 céntimos ¹

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Definition of Colon

1. a monetary unit of Costa Rica [n -ES] / a section of the large intestine [n -S]

Medical Definition of Colon

1. Also called the large intestine. This structure has 6 major divisions: caecum, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon and rectum. The total length is approximately 5 feet in the adult and it is responsible for forming, storing and expelling waste matter. (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Colon

cologne water
coloileal fistula
colominic acid
colon (current term)
colon ascendens
colon bacillus
colon cancer
colon cancer and polyps
colon carcinoma
colon cutoff sign
colon descendens
colon distention
colon obstruction
colon pelvinum
colon sigmoideum
colon transversum

Literary usage of Colon

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"An abscess of the right kidney could thus break through into the ascending colon and not wound the peritoneum. It is in relation in front with the abdominal ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1916)
"Secondly, daily irrigations of the colon through a long tube—one to two pints of warm alkaline Huid. At Plombières, Harrogate, and other spas this treatment ..."

3. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library (1900)
"NY colon. Docs., v. 3: 235. 1682. May n. Communication from the General Assembly ... colon. Records, 1689-1706 : 328. General Court of Connecticut confirms ..."

4. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1921)
"The entire colon, including the caecum, ascending colon, and transverse colon lay completely to the left. The mesocolon of the ascending colon was therefore ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"When with pneumonia or chronic heart disease there is dilatation of the colon and stomach, the combination is exceedingly grave, and unless relieved may ..."

6. Switzerland, and the Adjacent Portions of Italy, Savoy and the Tyrol by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1877)
"Beautiful view of Mt. colon ; high above to the W. towers the shattered range of the Aiguilles Rouges; and to the left the Cascade des ..."

7. Pathogenic microorganisms by William Hallock Park (1920)
"THE colon-TYPHOID GROUP OF BACILLI. THERE are a number of varieties of bacilli ... Pathogenic for man.1 (Similar types, intermediates between colon and ..."

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