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What Is The Digestive System?

The Digestive System Is How Your Body Gets Nourishment


Updated May 23, 2014

Digestive System

The digestive system begins at the mouth and ends at the anus.

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Definition: The group of organs that break down food and absorb the nutrients used by the body for fuel. The organs in the digestive system, in the order in which food travels through them, are:

Parts of food which cannot be broken down, digested, or absorbed are excreted as bowel movements.


Pronunciation: dy-JES-tuv sis-tum

Common Misspellings: digestave system, digesteve system, digestion system

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