Digestive and Gastrointestinal function things to remember

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Digestive and gastrointestinal functions are things to remember for your nursing review and examination.


Small molecules, vitamins, and minerals move past the walls of the small and large intestine and into the bloodstream during this step of the digestion process.


an enzyme that helps with starch digestion


In the last segment of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract; waste products from the GI system are discharged here.


As food moves through the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, it is mixed with saliva, salivary enzymes, and gastric 3249 secretions.


When digestive enzymes and secretions interact with ingested food and proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates are broken down into their component smaller molecules, this phase of the digestive process occurs.


dyspepsia; discomfort in the upper abdomen caused by eating


After digestion and absorption, when waste products are expelled from the body, this phase of the digestive process begins.


Food goes via a collapsible tube that connects the mouth to the stomach when it is swallowed.

acid hydrochloride

The acid produced by stomach glands; combines with chyme to break it down into absorbable molecules and aid in bacterial elimination.


Food is ingested into the GI system via the mouth and esophagus during this step of the digestive process.

Intrinsic factor

a gastric secretion that interacts with vitamin B12 to allow for absorption of the vitamin