Digestive System Overview

Digestive System Overview


This lesson will identify the major structures and functions of the digestive system.

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  • Digestive System

    A body system involved in digesting and absorbing foods.

  • Mouth

    The location where food enters and digestion begins.

  • Pharynx

    Also known as the throat. Food moves from the mouth to the pharynx as a person begins to swallow.

  • Esophagus

    A tube that carries food from the pharynx to the stomach.

  • Stomach

    The area where food is stored as well as chemically and mechanically digested before moving into the small intestine.

  • Small Intestine

    A long tube in which food passes through as nutrients are absorbed.

  • Large Intestine

    A tube attached to the small intestine where remaining nutrients and water are absorbed before waste is passed.