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Digestive System

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Digestive System
body system that breaks down food and absorbs nutrients
Mouth
begins to break down food into smaller pieces through mechanical digestion. saliva in the mouth begins chemical digestion
Esophagus
food tube connecting the mouth to the stomach
Stomach
large muscular (stretchy) sac that continues the mechanical and chemical digestion of food
Small Intestine
organ that completes the chemical digestion of food and absorbs the nutrients; 20ft long
Gall Bladder
organ that stores bile; bile breaks down fat
Liver
Factory for antibodies and bile ; stores vitamins and sugars until your body needs them; filters blood
Pancreas
produces insulin which is required for digesting (breaking down) sugars
Rectum
lowest part of the large intestine; where feces is stored before it exits the body
Anus
the opening at the end of the digestive system from which feces exit the body
Appendix
a small sac located near the start of the large intestine
Large Intestine
what is not needed makes its way here (waste). site of water absorption