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Des Moines

Des Moines (/dɪˈmɔɪn/ dih-MOYN) is not a medical term, but it is the capital city of the U.S. state of Iowa. It is also the most populous city in Iowa and is located in the central region of the state.


The name "Des Moines" comes from the river of the same name, which was adapted from the French colonial name, Rivière des Moines, meaning "River of the Monks". The city was named after the Des Moines River, which likely was adapted from the early French name, Rivière des Moines, meaning 'River of the Monks'.

Related Terms

  • Iowa: The U.S. state where Des Moines is located.
  • Capital (city): The city that serves as the seat of government for a country or state. Des Moines is the capital of Iowa.
  • River: A large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river. The city of Des Moines was named after the Des Moines River.

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