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Distal Colon

The last part of the colon. The distal colon includes the descending colon (the left side of the colon) and the sigmoid colon (the S-shaped section of the colon that connects to the rectum). NIH - National Cancer Institute

Terms to know

Colon
The longest part of the large intestine, which is a tube-like organ connected to the small intestine at one end and the anus at the other. The colon removes water and some nutrients and electrolytes from partially digested food. The remaining material, solid waste called stool, moves through the colon to the rectum and leaves the body through the anus.
Descending Colon
The part of the colon where stool is stored. It is usually located on the left side of the abdomen.
Distal
In medicine, refers to a part of the body that is farther away from the center of the body than another part. For example, the fingers are distal to the shoulder. The opposite is proximal.
Proximal
In medicine, refers to a part of the body that is closer to the center of the body than another part. For example, the knee is proximal to the toes. The opposite is distal.
Rectum
The last several inches of the large intestine closest to the anus.
Sigmoid Colon
The S-shaped section of the colon that connects to the rectum.

Terms to know

Colon
The longest part of the large intestine, which is a tube-like organ connected to the small intestine at one e...
Descending Colon
The part of the colon where stool is stored. It is usually located on the left side of the abdomen....
Distal
In medicine, refers to a part of the body that is farther away from the center of the body than another part....
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