the part of the intestine that lies between the stomach and colon. The small bowel secretes digestive enzymes, and is the chief site of the absorption of digested nutrients. It is also called the small intestine.
The small intestine, leading out of the stomach; narrower but longer than the large intestine (or colon), to which it connects. See also: bowel
the small intestines, which run from the stomach down to the colon and are responsible for digesting the food and absorbing the nutrients from it into the bloodstream.