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Digestive Process

Bonnie Branch 7th grade - 16-2 / The Digestive Process Begins

digestion The process by which the body breaks down food into small nutrient molecules
absorption The process by which nutrient molecules pass through the wall of your digestive system into your blood
saliva The fluid released when your mouth waters that plays an important role in both mechanical and chemical digestion
enzyme A protein that speeds up chemical reactions in the body
epiglottis A flap of tissue that seals off your windpipe and prevents food from entering
esophagus A muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach
mucus A thick, slippery sunstance produced by the body that mmakkes food easier to swallow
peristalsis Involuntary waves ofmuscle contractions that move food down the esophagus towards the stomch
stomach A J-shaped muscular pouch located in the abdomen that expands to hold all of the food that is swallowed
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