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pouch / pouch/ • n. 1. a small bag or other flexible receptacle, typically carried in a pocket or attached to a belt: a tobacco pouch webbing with pouches for stun grenades. ∎  a lockable bag for mail or dispatches. 2. a pocketlike abdominal receptacle in which marsupials carry their young during lactation. ∎  any of a number of similar animal structures, such as those in the cheeks of rodents. • v. [tr.] 1. put into a pouch: he stopped, pouched his tickets, and plodded on. 2. make (part of a garment) hang like a pouch: the muslin is lightly pouched over the belt. DERIVATIVES: pouched adj. pouch·y adj.

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pouch (powch) n.
1. (in anatomy) a small sac-like structure, especially occurring as an outgrowth of a larger structure. p. of Douglas a pouch of peritoneum occupying the space between the rectum and uterus. [ J. Douglas (1675–1742), British anatomist]

2. (in surgery) a sac created from a loop of intestine and used to replace a section of rectum that has been surgically removed, for example for ulcerative colitis. See also ileal pouch.

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pouch small bag XIV; bag-like cavity in an animal body XV. — ONF. pouche, var. of (O)F. poche bag, pouch, (now) pocket; cf. POKE1.

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