duodenum

Pronunciation: (DOO-ah-DEE-num)

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.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

The small intestine connects the stomach and the colon. It includes the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum. El intestino delgado conecta el estómago y el colon. Este incluye el duodeno, el yeyuno y el íleon. Date last modified: 2013-10-22