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digestive system

the system by which ingested food is acted upon by physical and chemical means to provide the body with absorbable nutrients and to excrete waste products; in mammals the system includes the alimentary canal extending from the mouth to the anus, and the hormones and enzymes assisting in digestion.
Origin of digestive system
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Although good for the plants, it is not so good for the human digestive system.
  • Faeces are food that has been processed by the human digestive system to extract as much useful energy as possible.
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  • It was the same old routine: a diet of bland foods three times a day and another inspection of his colon and digestive system.
  • Clinicians also use long catheters with pressure sensors at the end to measure contractions in the digestive system.
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  • Pumpkin is also good for the digestive system of animals.
digestive system in Medicine

digestive system n.
The alimentary canal and digestive glands regarded as an integrated system responsible for the ingestion, digestion, and absorption of foodstuffs and the elimination of associated wastes. Also called alimentary system.

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digestive system in Science
digestive system

The alimentary canal together with the salivary glands, liver, pancreas, and other organs of digestion.
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digestive system in Culture

digestive system definition

The organs and glands in the body that are responsible for digestion. The digestive system begins with the mouth and extends through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine, ending with the rectum and anus. Other organs in this system include the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and appendix.

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