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  • Diagram of the large intestine.
    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato Published 1 July 2011 Size: 110 KB Referencing Hub media

    The large intestine consists of the caecum, colon, rectum and anal canal. It is about 1.5 metres long and has an average diameter of about 6 cm.

    The 4 major functions of the large intestine are recovery of water and electrolytes, formation and storage of faeces and fermentation of some of the indigestible food matter by bacteria.

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