|The descending colon is a part of the large intestine where
stool is stored. The large intestine includes the appendix, the cecum and
the colon. The descending colon is part of the colon, which is made up of
several parts. They include the ascending colon, hepatic flexure, transverse
colon, splenic flexure, descending colon, and sigmoid colon. The descending
colon passes down through the upper back portion of the abdomen and along
the side of the left kidney.
The large intestine functions as a reservoir for liquid that is deposited from the small intestine. The large intestine is responsible for the absorption of water and other substances, such as salts. It also stores waste until it can be removed from the body when a person has a bowel movement. As food moves through the intestinal tract, water is absorbed by the large intestine. This causes the waste to leave the body in solid form.
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This information is strictly educational and is not, in any way, meant to prescribe or to constitute medical advice. The information provided is designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance of a healthcare professional. The author assumes no responsibility for any presumed health effects associated with using this information.