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What is the colon's role in the digestive system?

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Your colon (large intestine) is a 5- to 7 -foot -long muscular tube that connects your small intestine to your rectum. Your large intestine is responsible for processing waste so that it's easy to get rid of it.

Stool, or waste left over from the digestive process, passes through your colon first in a liquid state and then in solid form. As stool passes through your colon, any water is absorbed. Stool is stored in your colon until a "mass movement" empties it into your rectum, usually once or twice a day.

From: The Digestive System WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (Division of NIDDK/NIH). American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 21, 2018

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (Division of NIDDK/NIH). American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 21, 2018

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