What are the medical terms used to describe waste products in the intestine?

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coleman-rn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After digestion occurs, waste is removed from the body. The most common medical terminology for waste is feces or stool. When the waste leaves your body, this is called a bowel movement. 

When food enters yours stomach, it is mixed with gastric juices which are produces in the stomach. After mixing has occurred, the end result is called chyme. The chyme is emptied into the small intestines. As the chyme moves through the small intestines, nutrients are absorbs and sent into the bloodstream. 

The remaining product is pushed into the large intestines. At this point, water and more nutrients are absorbed. The waste becomes firm thus creating the stool or feces. 

The stool or feces is then stored in the rectum until it leaves the body via a bowel movement. 

Proper hydration is essential in preventing constipation because of the water absorption that occurs in the intestines. 

gsenviro eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The medical terms for waste products in the intestine are feces, dung, manure, stool, and excrement. For human beings, the terms feces and stool are most commonly used. These waste materials may be solid, loose, watery, soft, bloody or mucoid. For animals, intestinal waste may be called dung or manure. 

After digestion of food material and its breakdown, undigested food reaches our large intestine, where the water is reabsorbed from the waste material and it is processed. The colon, a part of our large intestine, extracts water and mineral salts from the undigested food and stores waste material. This is possible because of the presence of microorganisms (also called intestinal flora) in our colon. Finally the feces reach the rectum and are stored till defecation (which consists of both voluntary and involuntary motions on our part). 

pmiddlemiss eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The medical terms for human intestinal waste are feces or stool.  Feces/stool is the by-product of undigested, non-metabolized food or drink that is formed in the large intestine.  Food is initially broken down by gastric acids ("juices") found in the stomach.  The food travels to the small intestine where structures called villi work to absorb necessary nutrients that the body will use to metabolize and use to optimally function.   The unabsorbed matter is then transported to the large intestine where it is "moved" to the colon and excreted (or exited) out of the body via the rectum. Proper hydration is critical in the effective removal of feces/stool because water will soften the feces/stool, therefore preventing constipation & straining with the bowel movement.