transverse colon meaning

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Noun: transverse colon
  1. The part of the large intestine that extends across the abdominal cavity and joins the ascending to the descending colon

Derived forms: transverse colons

Type of: colon

Part of: large intestine

Encyclopedia: Transverse colon

The segment of LARGE INTESTINE between ASCENDING COLON and DESCENDING COLON. It passes from the RIGHT COLIC FLEXURE across the ABDOMEN,then turns sharply at the LEFT COLIC FLEXURE into the descending colon.n : the part of the large intestine that extends across the abdominal cavity joining the ascending colon to the descending colon


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  1. The transverse colon is usually less than 6 cm in diameter.
  2. appendix, transverse colon, sigmoid colon and rectum.
  3. The midgut ends two thirds of the way across the transverse colon near the splenic flexure.
  4. These can be accessed after dividing the peritoneal fold that links the greater omentum and transverse colon.
  5. These include abdominal pain, torsion of the bowel ( transverse colon volvulus ) or shortness of breath.

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