MES'ENTERY, n. [Gr. middle, and intestine.] A fatty membrane placed in the middle of the intestines, and to which they are attached. This prevents them from becoming entangled with each other by convolutions. It is formed by a duplicature of the peritoneum.
MES'EN-TER-Y, n. [Gr. μεσεντεριον; μεσος, middle, and εντερον, intestine.]
A membrane in the cavity of the abdomen, attached to the lumbar vertebers posteriorly, and to the intestines anteriorly. It is formed of a duplicature of the peritoneum, and contains adipose matter, lacteals, mesenteric glands, lymphatics, and mesenteric arteries, veins and nerves. Its use is to retain the intestines, and their appendages in a proper position. Hooper.
- The membranes, or one of
the membranes (consisting of a fold of the peritoneum and inclosed
tissues), which connect the intestines and their appendages with the
dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity. The mesentery proper is
connected with the jejunum and ilium, the other mesenteries being
called mesocæcum, mesocolon, mesorectum,
- One of the vertical
muscular radiating partitions which divide the body cavity of
Anthozoa into chambers.