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Another name for the GI Tract; it contains the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum & anus. These organs directly process & digest food.
Salivary glands, Liver, Gallbladder, & Pancreas; These organs NEVER touch food directly, but they release various enzymes & fluids to help the digestion process
The piece of cartilage that closes over the trachea when swallowing to prevent food from "going down the wrong pipe"
Series of wave-like muscle contractions that moves food through the digestive tract (mainly the esophagus and intestines)
Muscle that connects the esophagus and stomach, and helps keep the stomach contents in the stomach
Body of the Stomach
Portion of the stomach that is found in the center of the stomach, below the Fundus
Large gastric folds inside the stomach that smooth out when the stomach fills with food so it can stretch
Fingerlike projectsion inside the tube of the small intestine that further increase surface area
The thin tissue on the outside of the small intestine that connects the digestive system with the cardiovascular system; it is filled with blood vessels to carry the absorbed nutrients into the bloodstream
Part of the digestive system responsible for absorbing the nutrients that are in food
Digestive organ that is responsible for temporarily storing food and mixing it with gastric juices to break it down
Digestive organ that is responsible for removing all of the indigestible material from the digestive system, as well as re-absorbing water and making Vitamin K
Digestive organ that MAKES bile, in addition to filtering the blood, storing various Vitamins & Minerals, and regulating blood components
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