Glossary

colon (large bowel)

The colon is the main part of the bowel or intestines. It includes the appendix. The term colon is often used instead of the term large bowel. Stools are developed in the colon, where the fluids and mineral salts are also removed from the remaining foodstuffs that have reached the bowel. At the same time the colon produces mucus, which helps make it easier to empty the bowels.