A section of the colon (part of the large intestine) that lies down the lefthand side of the abdomen. Material enters from the transverse colon, and is moved downwards towards the final part of the colon, called the sigmoid colon.
The part of the colon between the left colic flexure ("splenic flexure") and the sigmoid colon (at the pelvic brim). image
descending colon the part of the large intestine on the left side that extends from the bend below the spleen to the sigmoid colon. Compare ASCENDING COLON, TRANSVERSE COLON