The digestive system is responsible for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients from the food, and ridding the body of waste products from the food. The digestive system consists of the:
- Upper digestive tract, which includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.
- Lower digestive tract, which includes the large intestine and the rectum.
- Liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology|
|Last Revised||October 8, 2012|