colon meaning

[ kəu'ləun ] Pronunciation:   "colon" in a sentence
Noun: colon (colons,cola)  kow'lón
  1. The part of the large intestine between the caecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted 
  2. A punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter)
Noun: colón (colones)
  1. The basic unit of money in Costa Rica; equal to 100 centimos
    - Costa Rican colón 
  2. The basic unit of money in El Salvador; equal to 100 centavos
    - El Salvadoran colón
Noun: Colon  kow'lón
  1. A port city at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal
    - Aspinwall

Derived forms: colons, colones

See also: colonic, colorectal

Type of: city, Costa Rican monetary unit, El Salvadoran monetary unit, large intestine, metropolis, port, punctuation, punctuation mark, urban center [US], urban centre [Brit, Cdn]

Part of: Panama, Republic of Panama

Encyclopedia: Colon, Michigan Colon, MI Colon, Narino Colon, NE Colon, La Libertad Colon, Cristobal-- Explorer Colon Colon, Entre Rios Colon, Cuba Colon, Nebraska Colon, descending Colon, ascending Colon, transverse Colon, sigmoid Colon, Venezuela Colon, Panamá Colon, Panama Colon, Queretaro Colon, Putumayo

The segment of LARGE INTESTINE between the CECUM and the RECTUM. It includes the ASCENDING COLON; the TRANSVERSE COLON; the DESCENDING COLON; and the SIGMOID COLON. n pl colons or co·la : the part of the large intestine that extends from the cecum to the rectum

<character> ":" ASCII character 58. Common names: ITU-T: colon. Rare: dots; INTERCAL: two-spot.


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  1. the colon is the locus of a large concentration of bacteria.
  2. endometriosis of the colon is an unusual condition.
  3. lipoma is the second most common benign tumor of the colon after adenomas.
  4. in the new operation, the surgeon removes the colon but leaves the rectum in place.
  5. colonic carcinomas arising in patients with familial polyposis of the colon are frequently multiple.

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