Not Medical Advice: The small intestine (small bowel) is about 20 feet long, while the large intestine (colon or large bowel) is about 5 feet long. They add up to 25 ft long or 0.00473485 mi.
Our intestine is a muscular tube which extends from the lower end of your stomach to the lower opening of the digestive tract. It is also called the bowel or bowels. Food and the products of digestion pass through the intestine, which is divided into two sections called the small intestine and the large intestine.
The small intestine is made up of three segments, which form a passage from your stomach (the opening between your stomach and small intestine is called the pylorus) to your large intestine:
By the time food reaches your small intestine, it has already been broken up and mashed into liquid by your stomach.
The large intestine is much broader than the small intestine and takes a much straighter path through your belly, or abdomen. Its job is to absorb water and salts from the material that has not been digested as food, and get rid of any waste products left over. By the time food mixed with digestive juices reaches your large intestine, most digestion and absorption has already taken place.
To learn more about the Small and Large Intestines, visit the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
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