Digestive System Vocabulary
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stomachsqueezes food with muscles to break apart; produces digestive juices with enzymes to break down food
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pancreasproduces insulin to keep blood sugar level normal; makes digestive juices
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small intestineabsorbs nutrients from food; muscles break up food; chemicals break down food
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liverproduces bile that digests fats; stores nutrients
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gall bladderstores bile
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rectumstores feces until released
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esophaguslong tube that squeezes food and PUSHES it into stomach
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large intestineRemoves water and liquid to make solid waste called feces
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salivary glandsproduces saliva (spit); saliva contains enzymes that break down food
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anusopening that allows feces to leave the body
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mouthteeth break up food
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peristalsismuscle contractions that push food through esophagus and small intestine
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Digestive system organs