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summarize the functions of the esophagus
the esophagus is a muscular tube that contracts as you swallow and takes food from the mouth to the stomach
what valve prevents regurgitation of food from the small intestine back into the stomach?
the pyloric sphincter
summarize the functions of the stomach
the functions of the stomach are to hold, digest, expell, and process food for digestion as it empties into the small intestine.
what is the function of the mesentery?
supports blood vessels, nerves, and lympatic vessels that supply the intestinal wall
what digestive enzymes are secreted by the small intestinal mucosa?
peptidases, sucrase, maltase, lactase, and intestinal lipase
what valve controls the movement of material between the small and large intestines?
what is the small projection that contains lymphatic tissue attached to the cecum called?
summarize the functions of the small intestine
the small intestine absorbs most of the nutrients found in food. it recieves secretions from the pancreas and liver. it completes digestion of the nutrients in chyme, absorbs the products of digestion, and transports the remaining residues to the large intestine
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