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Ch 10: Structure & Function of the Digestive System

About This Chapter

What makes up the human digestive system and how does this system work? In this chapter, you can explore the structure and function of the digestive system to prepare for class discussions or exams or to take college entrance, academic assessment or even professional certification exams.

Structure & Function of the Digestive System - Chapter Summary

This chapter is devoted to the components of the human digestive system and the process by which food is broken down and nutrients are absorbed in the body. You will learn the names of digestive organs and the role each plays in the digestive process. After completing your study of these video and text lessons, you should be able to:

  • Relate what each part of the digestive system does
  • Provide details about the metabolic process
  • Define and describe the function of digestive enzymes
  • Describe the functions of the liver, pancreas and gallbladder
  • Discuss how the body uses carbohydrates, fats and protein

Follow expert instructors as they present this material using simple language and helpful illustrations, making learning this information easy. Lessons are self-paced and can be accessed at any time, on any device. Take self-assessment quizzes for each lesson to determine how much you have retained and whether you are ready to move on to the next topic.

5 Lessons in Chapter 10: Structure & Function of the Digestive System
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Overview of the Human Digestive System

1. Overview of the Human Digestive System

Discover how the human digestive system works - one of the most important systems in the human body. Learn what each part does, and then see how much you remember with a quick quiz.

Metabolism: Definition & Overview

2. Metabolism: Definition & Overview

Metabolism is the sum of all chemical reactions within the body. This concept, however, is much more complex than most of us understand. This lesson describes metabolism and the processes involved.

What Are Digestive Enzymes? - Functions & Types

3. What Are Digestive Enzymes? - Functions & Types

We are what we eat. But that doesn't mean our blood vessels are filled with giant chunks of hamburger. Thankfully, digestive enzymes help break down food into sizes small enough to be absorbed into our bloodstream. In this lesson, learn about these vitally important proteins.

Accessory Organs of the Digestive System

4. Accessory Organs of the Digestive System

Your pancreas, liver and gallbladder are accessory organs that help with the chemical digestion of food. Learn about the enzymes and other chemicals produced and stored in these organs as well as how they help you break down the foods you eat.

The Metabolism of Fats, Proteins & Carbohydrates

5. The Metabolism of Fats, Proteins & Carbohydrates

Everybody eats. But what happens to that food once it is eaten? Cellular respiration explains carbohydrates, but what about fat and protein? This lesson explores how all three macronutrients are used by the body.

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