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    Digestive System

    The digestive system

    The digestive system is responsible for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients from the food, and ridding the body of waste products from the food. The digestive system consists of the:

    • Upper digestive tract, which includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.
    • Lower digestive tract, which includes the large intestine and the rectum.
    • Liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
    By Healthwise Staff
    E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
    Last Revised October 8, 2012

    Last Revised: October 8, 2012

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology

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