digestive system

Pronunciation: (dy-JES-tiv SIS-tem)

The organs that take in food and turn it into products that the body can use to stay healthy. Waste products the body cannot use leave the body through bowel movements. The digestive system includes the salivary glands, mouth, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small and large intestines, and rectum.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2007-03-01