Unformatted text preview: control blood nutrient levels. Its exocrine function is to produce bicarbonate ions and digestive enzymes. Large Intestine • The cecum forms a blind sac at the junction of the small and large intestines. The appendix is a blind sac off the cecum. • The colon consists of ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid portions. • The large intestine contains mucus-producing crypts. • The rectum is a straight tube that ends at the anal canal. Anal Canal • The anal canal is surrounded by an internal anal sphincter (smooth muscle) and an external anal sphincter (skeletal muscle). Peritoneum • The peritoneum is a serous membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and covers the organs. • Mesenteries are double layers of peritoneum that extend from the body wall to many of the abdominal organs. • Retroperitoneal organs are located behind the parietal peritoneum....
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- Anthropology, Common hepatic duct, hepatic duct, hepatic portal vein