10 interesting facts about your gut

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Colon 5 feet long

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The colon, also called the large intestine, extends from the small intestine to the anus. In order, its parts are the cecum, the ascending colon, the transverse colon, the descending colon, the sigmoid colon, the rectum, and the anal canal.

The colon is 3 inches thick at its widest point, the cecum, and just under an inch thick at its narrowest point, the sigmoid colon.

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