Small Intestine: Nutrient Absorption and Role In Digestion


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Which of the following DOES NOT help improve absorption within the small intestine?

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1. What is the name given to the small hair-like projections on the simple columnar epithelial cells lining the small intestine?

2. Which of the following structures are lymphatic capillaries that absorb dietary fats?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this worksheet/quiz combo to review important facts about the small intestine, which is where the human body absorbs the majority of its nutrients.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Structures that help improve absorption within the small intestine
  • The small hair-like projections on the columnar epithelial that line the small intestine
  • Lymphatic capillaries that absorb dietary fats
  • Structures that create a turbulent flow through the small intestine
  • Finger-like projections from the mucosal lining

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related human anatomy lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the biological structures that aid in the nutrient absorption process
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why the small intestine is important to the human body

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson titled Small Intestine: Nutrient Absorption and Role In Digestion. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the small intestine and its role in digestion
  • Examine microvilli and what they do
  • Discuss villi and lacteals
  • Illustrate what the circular folds do