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|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|
|Artery||Superior mesenteric, inferior mesenteric and iliac arteries|
|Vein||Superior and inferior mesenteric vein|
|Lymph||Inferior mesenteric lymph nodes|
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.