mesentery[mes′ən ter′ē, mez′-]
- The definition of mesentery is the membrane that wraps around the small intestine and connects it to the wall of the abdominal cavity.
An example of the mesentery is the peritoneum.
a supporting membrane or membranes enfolding some internal organ and attaching it either to the body wall or to another organ; esp., a double thickness of the peritoneum enfolding most of the small intestine and attaching it to the spinal wall of the abdominal cavity
Origin of mesenteryMedieval Latin mesenterium ; from Classical Greek mesenterion ; from mesos, mid + enteron, intestine: see inter-
Any of several folds of the peritoneum that connect the intestines to the dorsal abdominal wall, especially such a fold that envelops the jejunum and ileum.
Origin of mesenteryMiddle English mesenterie, from Medieval Latin mesenterium, from Greek mesenterion : meso-, meso- + enterion, diminutive of enteron, entrails; see en in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek μέσος (mesos, “middle”) + ἔντερον (enteron, “gut”)