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Colon the coiled midsection of the small intestine
Sphincter By the time food is ready to leave the stomach, it has been processed into a thick liquid called __________________
Jejunum organ hidden just below the liver
Liver A flexible flap of tissue called the ______________ reflexively closes over the windpipe when we swallow to prevent choking.
Duodenum small, hollow, finger-like pouch, hangs off the cecum.
Epiglottis A digestive enzyme called _________, which is found in saliva, starts to break down some of the carbohydrates (starches and sugars) in the food even before it leaves the mouth.
Hepatitis organ located under the ribcage in the right upper part of the abdomen
Irritablebowelsyndrome A walnut-sized muscular tube at the outlet of the stomach called the ____________________ keeps chyme in the stomach until it reaches the right consistency to pass into the small intestine.
Cholecystitis _______________ fibrosis is a chronic, inherited illness where the production of abnormally thick mucus blocks the ducts or passageways in the pancreas and prevents its digestive juices from entering the intestines, making it difficult for a person to properly digest proteins and fats.
Saliva the final section of the small intestine that leads into the large intestine
Crohns __________ disease, which can affect the whole gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus as well as other parts of the body.
Cecum At the end of the esophagus, a muscular ring called a ______________ allows food to enter the stomach and then squeezes shut to keep food or fluid from flowing back up into the esophagus.
chyme extends from the cecum up the right side of the abdomen, across the upper abdomen, and then down the left side of the abdomen, finally connecting to the rectum.
Bile organ beneath the stomach
Cystic a passageway for food and air, is about 5 inches long.
Celiac The gallbladder can develop gallstones and become inflamed — a condition called _________________
Amylase The inner wall of the small intestine is covered with millions of microscopic, finger-like projections called ________________
Ileum which are located under the tongue and near the lower jaw, begin producing saliva.
Esophagus disease is chronic inflammation of the intestines that affects older kids, teens, and adults.
Villi Waves of muscle contractions called ________________ force food down through the esophagus to the stomach.
Esophagitis _____________ disease is a digestive disorder caused by the abnormal response of the immune system to a protein called gluten, which is found in certain foods.
Gallbladder From the throat, food travels down a muscular tube in the chest called the __________________
Rectum inflammation of the esophagus, is an example of a noncongenital condition.
Peristalsis pouch at the beginning of the large intestine that joins the small intestine to the large intestine.
Pylorus the C-shaped first part in the small intestine
Pharynx viral infection in which the liver becomes inflamed and can lose its ability to function. Some forms of viral hepatitis are highly contagious.
Salivary glands where feces are stored until they leave the digestive system through the anus as a bowel movement.
Appendix common intestinal disorder that affects the colon. When the muscles in the colon don't work smoothly, a person can feel the abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea that may be signs of _______________________.
Inflammatorybowel The liver produces ______________, which helps the body absorb fat.
Alimentary moistens food for easy swallowing.
Pancreas __________ canal and the other abdominal organs that play a part in digestion, such as the liver and pancreas.

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