ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: mesentery

mesentery  [mes´en-ter″e] noun

A fold of peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity) that attaches the intestines to the wall of the abdomen.

Etymology:  Latin mes, middle + enteron, gut or intestine.

People have long known about the mesentery's existence,
but it was just recently classified as an organ (i.e., self-contained and with a specific vital function).
Tags: latin, m, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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