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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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See also cólon, colón, and côlon

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Noun

Singular
colon

Plural
colons or (obsolete) cola

colon (plural colons or (obsolete) cola)

  1. (grammar) The punctuation mark ":".
  2. (anatomy) The final segment of the digestive system, after (distal to) the ileum and before (proximal to) the anus
  3. A rhetorical figure consisting of a clause which is grammatically, but not logically, complete.

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Punctuation

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  • colon ( : )

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  • Anagrams of clnoo
  • lonco

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colon m. inv.

  1. (anatomy) colon

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Spanish

Noun

colon m. (plural colones)

Singular
colon m.

Plural
colones m.

  1. (anatomy, grammar, rhetoric) colon

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The colon is a part of the large intestine. It is between cecum and the rectum. The colon takes water from the feces that goes through it. The colon in mammals can be divided into four sections:

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Ascending colon

This part of the colon goes from the cecum (where the small intestine ends) up the right hand side of the abdomen.[1]

Transverse colon

This part of the colon goes across the from the ascending colon. It goes underneath the stomach and the pancreas and joins the descending colon near the spleen.[1]

Descending colon

This part of the intestine is about 30cm in length.[2] It travels down the left side of the abdomen.[1] It is possible to have medical problems with the descending colon including ulcers, cancer and Crohn's disease.[3]

Sigmoid colon

This is the small "S" shaped part of the colon, about 40cm in length, which goes from the bottom of the descending colon into the centre of the pelvis to the rectum.[1] It gets its name from the Greek letter "s", sigma.[4]

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