gut

Definitions

General English

Food

  • noun the tubular organ for the digestion and absorption of food.

Medical

  • noun a type of thread, made from the intestines of sheep. It is used to sew up internal incisions and dissolves slowly so does not need to be removed.

Real Estate

  • verb to destroy the internal parts of a building, leaving only the outer walls standing
  • verb to remove all the internal fixtures and furnishings from a room or building

Electronics

  • acronym forGrand Unified Theory
    (written as GUT)

Origin & History of “gut”

Gut probably comes ultimately from prehistoric Indo-European *gh(e)u- ‘pour’ (source also of English foundry, funnel, fusion, etc), and presumably has the underlying meaning ‘tube through which digested food flows’. From the same source came Greek khūmós ‘animal or plant juice’, from which English got the technical term chyme ‘mass of semidigested food in the stomach’ (17th c.).

The use of the plural guts for ‘vigour’ or ‘courage’ dates from the late 19th century.
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