alimentary canal


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alimentary canal tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alimentary canal the entire channel, extending from the mouth to the anus, by which aliments are conveyed through the body, and the useless parts ejected.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Alimentary canal the principal part of the digestive apparatus of animals, in man extending, with convolutions, about 30 feet from the mouth to the anus—including pharynx, œsophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, &c
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  • Ronald Reagan
    “Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”
  • Frank Moore Colby
    “One learns little more about a man from his feats of literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. alimentum—alĕre, to nourish.


In literature:

Blower reports an account of a nail passing safely through the alimentary canal of a baby.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Other effects cannot be readily observed; vaso-motor changes, affections of the alimentary canal, the skin and so forth.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
In the alimentary canal are certain pointed eminences called villi, and certain ridges called valvuloe conniventes.
"The Poet at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The alimentary canal consists of the mouth, the pharynx, the oesophagus, the stomach, and the intestines.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Hence the correlated structure of lungs, muscles and their attachments, and alimentary canal, in birds.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
If the alimentary canal is perforated, injuries in certain segments, even if perforating, may be followed by spontaneous recovery.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
They have to pass somehow into the circulation through the walls of the alimentary canal.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
Other effects cannot be readily observed; vaso-motor changes, affections of the alimentary canal, the skin and so forth.
"Evolution in Modern Thought" by Ernst Haeckel
I believe that not only the appendix, but a very large part of the alimentary canal is superfluous, and worse than superfluous.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
It will pay you to follow this treatment for the cleansing of the alimentary canal.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
The alimentary canal of the Pectinibranchia presents little diversity of character, except in so far as the buccal region is concerned.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5" by Various
Among the convulsive affections must be reckoned convulsive movements and tonic spasms of various portions of the alimentary canal.
"Neuralgia and the Diseases that Resemble it" by Francis E. Anstie
The specific cause of cholera is taken into the alimentary canal, and acts through it to produce the characteristic symptoms of the disease.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
It produces symptoms of irritation in the alimentary canal, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
"Memoranda on Poisons" by Thomas Hawkes Tanner
The alimentary canal shows no great divergences from the normal structure.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
The fossil excrement is seen not only dropped, but even in the alimentary canal.
"Omphalos" by Philip Henry Gosse
The alimentary canal of frog and of man compared.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
Behind the pharynx comes the main portion of the alimentary canal concerned with the digestion and absorption of the food.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
The alimentary canal is long, and the caecum well developed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
The only other point of interest which I can touch on in this stage is the commencing closure of the alimentary canal in the region of the head.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour