Large intestine

The large intestine is also called the colon or large bowel. It connects the small intestine to the rectum and anus. It is about 1.5 meters long or 5 feet. It is shorter than the small intestine, but its diameter is larger.

Large intestine
Front of abdomen, showing the large intestine, with the stomach and small intestine in gray outline.
Front of abdomen, showing surface markings for liver (red), and the stomach and large intestine (blue). The large Intestine is like an upside down U.
Latin Colon or intestinum crassum
System Digestive system
Artery Superior mesenteric, inferior mesenteric and iliac arteries
Vein Superior and inferior mesenteric vein
Lymph Inferior mesenteric lymph nodes

Water is absorbed here and the remaining waste material is stored as faeces before being removed by defecation.[1]

Large Intestine Media


  1. "large intestine". NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms. National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 2014-03-04.