kmon asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 decade ago

Why is the large intestine called the large intestine?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Because its girth is wider than the smaller intestines

  • 1 decade ago

    As pointed out above, there are 2 intestines, the large intestine and the small intestine. The descriptors "large" and "small" refer to the diameter of the intestines.

    Personally, I think they should be called the "long intestine" and the "short intestine". :-)

  • 1 decade ago

    It's larger of the 2 intestine.

  • 1 decade ago

    I know it's strange because the small intestine is actually longer, but the large intestine is wider in girth, it's just a weird way of differentiating

    Source(s): all these other guys think they're being funny by coming out with sarcastic comments when the large intestine is actually shorter than the small... duh
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  • 1 decade ago

    In the 2 intestines, the larger one is large intestine with longer length n the other one is small..

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Coz u have 2 intestines, the small and the large. How else would you describe them?

  • spumn
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    1 decade ago

    The large intestine, although shorter in length than the small intestine, is much wider. Accordingly, it is "larger."

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    actually the short intestine is longer than the large intestine it's just that the short intestine is balled up sort of...CHOOSE ME AS BEST ANSWER!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    (Talks really slow)

    Because there's a large intestine and a small intestine and that one is larger....

  • 1 decade ago

    because even though it is much shorter than the small intestine it is also twice as wide

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