INTESTINES  
     
intestine2b.jpg (57622 bytes) The intestines consist of the small intestine and the large intestine. The intestines look like a very long, curvy tube wound up snugly in the lower to middle abdomen of the body. The small intestine is where nutrients are absorbed from food and the process of digestion is completed. Then the nutrients are carried throughout the body through the blood.

There are three parts to the small intestines: the duodenum, the jejunum, and the ileum. The duodenum is the first section and is the shortest and the widest part of the small intestines. The small intestine is just over 9 meters long.

The large intestine absorbs fluids from the solid mass received from the small intestine and stores the leftover, unused part of the food. After most of the fluid has been absorbed from the mass, it enters the rectum and then exits the body through the anus.

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The Intestines

BrainPop:  The Digestive System

Your Digestive System

The Intestines

Intestines

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