Unformatted text preview: process. The small intestine plays the most significant role in the digestive process. The absorption and digestion of the majority of the food takes place here. It is broken down into three more parts such as the duodenum, the jejunum and the ileum. The liver and gallbladder secrete bile helping with the digestion and absorption of fat. Enzymes and bicarbonate secretions of the pancreas further aid the entire process. The leftovers which are not absorbed then enter the large intestine through the sphincter, keeping it from reentering the small intestine. Organs included in the large intestine are the colon and rectum, in which the additional absorption of water and vitamins occurs. The materials that are not absorbed are then eliminated by excretion from the anus. These waste products complete the digestive process after leaving the body through the external opening of the digestive tract....
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- Spring '10
- Digestive System, Large intestine, 6 hours, digestive process