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gut, alimentary canal, or gastrointestinal tract
approx 30 feet of a continuous muscular tube stretching between the mouth and anus
accessory organs that participate in digestion but not part of the GI tract
liver, pancreas, gallbladder and salivary glands
contains digestive enzymens to break down carbohydrates and slippery lubricants to make food easier to swallow
found on the surface of the tongue distinguishes the bitter, sweet, sour and salty flavors of food
hangs down from the posterior edge of the soft palate; has a role in speech production; is the location of the gag reflex
combine with connective tissue to cover the jaw bone and seal off the teeth in their bony sockets
cutting teeth in the front of the mouth
incisors, cuspids, canines; bite, tear and cut food into small pieces
grinding teeth in the back of the mouth
bicuspids, premolars, molars; grind and crush food into even finer pieces
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