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    Describe the path food follows through the digestive system and how digestion occurs in each of the following parts of the digestive system. Be sure to include descriptions of other organs or components of the digestive system, including:
    o Large intestine
    o Mouth
    o Small intestine
    o Stomach

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    Digestion begins in the mouth where the teeth and tongue chew, or masticate, food to break it down into smaller pieces. Saliva moistens food and the presence of amylase in saliva contributes to the digestion of polysaccharides (eg. starches) into disaccharides (eg. maltose). Food then passes into the stomach via the esophagus. In the acidic ...

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    Paragraph explanation of the major components of the digestive system, digestive enzymes, and process of digestion. Web references included.