The large intestine absorbs water from the remaining indigestible food matter and compacts feces prior to defecation. The function of the large intestine or large bowel is to absorb water from the remaining indigestible food matter, and then to pass the useless waste material from the body. The large intestine consists of the cecum and colon. It starts in the right iliac region of the pelvis, just at or below the right waist, where it is joined to the bottom end of the small intestine cecum. From here it continues up the abdomen ascending colon , then across the width of the abdominal cavity transverse colon , and then it turns down descending colon , continuing to its endpoint at the anus sigmoid colon to rectum to anus. The large intestine is about 4.
The bowel is part of our digestive system and it works to digest the food we eat, absorb the goodness and nutrients into our blood stream, then process and expel the waste that the body cannot use. The digestive system works by pushing food through the intestines which usually takes between 24 to 72 hours. Muscular contractions squeeze peristalsis the food through the different sections of the intestine. These different sections are separated by bands of muscles, or sphincters, which act as valves. The passage of food from one area of the intestines to another is coordinated so that food stays in a specific area for long enough for the gut to do a particular job — absorb fluids and nutrients, or process and expel waste.
The small intestine connects your stomach to your colon, and your colon then attaches to your rectum and, ultimately, your anus. The colon is about five to six feet long and about an inch or two in diameter. The function of the colon is to absorb water and store the waste-products of digestion until your body is ready to empty them out. It is shaped somewhat like a large question mark and starts out near your right hip, moves up to your ribs on the right side, goes across to the left side by your ribs, then down to the left hip where it makes an S-curve down to the anus.
The intestine is part of the digestive system. It is made up of the small intestine and the large intestine. The colon and rectum are parts of the large intestine. The colon is a U-shaped tube made of muscle, found below the stomach. The rectum is a shorter tube connected to the colon.