What does mobilize the bowel mean?
Mobilizing the bowel is done when there are other surgeries that need to be done where the bowel would be in the way. The bowel is cut and is then moved around for things like a resection of the abdomen.
It means that a unit, either active or inactive, becomes mobile and ready for action, adopting wartime procedure instead of peacetime. A military unit may mobilize for a reason other than war, such as a training exercise, or to send a message to a potential enemy, but it will still mobilize in the same way as if going to war.