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MMS Digestion

Mead Middle Digestive System

TermDefinition
Teeth Begin mechanical breakdown by chewing up food into small pieces
Salivary Glands Begin chemical breakdown by making saliva which breaks down food
Esophagus Muscular tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach. Continues mechanical breakdown
Stomach Continues mechanical breakdown with stomach muscles that churn food. Continues chemical breakdown with stomach acid that breaks down food.
Small Intestine Absorbs nutrients into the bloodstream. Chemical breakdown continues with enzymes and digestive juices from other helper organs.
Large Intestine Absorbs water and moves waste to rectum
Rectum Stores solid waste until it exits the body
Liver Produces bile and cleans blood by breaking down toxins
Gallbladder Stores bile
Bile Breaks down fats - made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder before entering the small intestine
Pancreas Produces digestive enzymes and chemicals to neutralize stomach acid
Created by: cvanwyk