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Digestive System Overview

Digestive System Overview

Author: Nathan Lampson

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

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Terms to Know
Digestive System

A body system involved in digesting and absorbing foods.


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

Large Intestine

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


The location where food enters and digestion begins.


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

Small Intestine

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


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