The intestine (bowel) is the long, winding, tube that is part of the digestive tract. The intestine helps to process food, extract and absorb nutrients and water, and eliminate waste.
The intestine is divided into two main parts: the small intestine and the large intestine.
Last Revised: July 26, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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