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A 26-year-old female asked:

Hi there. what's the difference between the colon, the bowel and the large intestine? they all appear to be the same long tube. confused!

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Dr. Aurea Tomeski
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Bowel: the colon is the same as the large intestine which includes the ascending colon, transverse colon and descending colon and sigmoid colon .Bowel includes the small bowel or small intestine and large bowel or large intestine.
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