Scientists have identified a new organ in the human body. It’s called the mesentery (pronounced mess’-en-tair-ee).
An organ is a group of tissues that has a specific function in the body. Our bodies have 79 organs, including the heart, lungs, brain, skin and stomach.
The mesentery is made of fatty tissue and is shaped a bit like a fan. It is attached to the back wall of the abdomen and it helps to support the intestines and hold them in place.
The mesentery also carries blood and lymphatic fluid between the intestines and the rest of the body. It’s hard to see the entire mesentery at one time because it is partly hidden by the intestines.
Scientists used to think it was just separate ribbons of tissue. Late last year, a group of researchers from the University of Limerick in Ireland showed that the mesentery is one continuous piece of tissue that works as an organ.
Scientists think the mesentery may have several purposes in the body, such as helping with digestion, circulation and fighting disease.
Dr. J. Calvin Coffey was one of the scientists who helped to show that the mesentery is an organ. He said he hopes scientists will now be able to learn more about what it does.
J. Calvin Coffey博士是帮助证明肠系膜是器官的科学家之一。他表示希望科学家能够更多地了解它的作用。
Eventually, he said, understanding the mesentery could help doctors find new ways to treat diseases like diabetes or cancer.
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