Mesentery meaning

mĕz'ən-tĕr'ē, mĕs'-
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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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(anatomy) The membrane that attaches the intestines to the wall of the abdomen, maintaining their position in the abdominal cavity, and supplying them with blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics.
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Origin of mesentery

  • Middle English mesenterie from Medieval Latin mesenterium from Greek mesenterion meso- meso- enterion diminutive of enteron entrails en in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Ancient Greek μέσος (mesos, “middle") + ἔντερον (enteron, “gut")
    From Wiktionary