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The origin of the mesentery of the small intestine (jejunum and ileum) from the posterior parietal peritoneum; about 9 inches (23 cm.) in length, it extends from the duodenojejunal flexure (just to the left of the midline at the L2 vertebral level) to the ileocaecal junction (iliac fossa).

Synonyms: radix mesenterii.

(05 Mar 2000)