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Large Intestine

The large intestine arches around and encloses the coils of the small intestine and tends to be more fixed than the small intestine. It extends from the ileum to the anus. The rectum and anal canal are considered in the sections on the pelvis and perineum.

This large intestine is divided into the cecum, appendix, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon, rectum, and anal canal.

The primary function of the large intestine is the absorption of water and electrolytes and the storage of undigested material until it can be expelled from the body as feces.

Large Intestine

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