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The stomach functions dynamically, in parallel with meals. Consider the stomach's m notable activity - secretion of acid. Acid is secreted in large quantities when the stoma distended with food, which is useful because it facilitates the initial breakdown of prot However, once the meal has been liquefied and the stomach has emptied, acid secre trickles to a stop and remains shut off during the interdigestive period. This shut-off in secretion is a good thing - otherwise excessive acid would damage the mucosa of the stomach and small intestine, as happens in certain disease states. Gastric function is often classified into three phases in which secretory and motor act are tightly coupled. Try identifying these phases in yourself or your loved ones around time: Cephalic phase ("wake up call"): Seeing, smelling and anticipating food in perceived in the brain and the brain infor stomach that it should prepare for receipt of a meal. This communication is composed of parasympathetic stimul

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