The first part of the small intestine. It connects to the stomach. The duodenum helps to further digest food coming from the stomach. It absorbs nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins) and water from food so they can be used by the body.
Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
Caption: The small intestine connects the stomach and the colon. It includes the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum.Date last modified: 2013-10-22