digestive tract

Pronunciation: (dy-JES-tiv trakt)

The organs that food and liquids travel through when they are swallowed, digested, absorbed, and leave the body as feces. These organs include the mouth, pharynx (throat), esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. The digestive tract is part of the digestive system. Also called alimentary tract and gastrointestinal tract.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the digestive tract. The digestive tract is made up of organs that food and liquids travel through when they are swallowed, digested, absorbed, and leave the body as feces. These include the mouth, pharynx (throat), esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus.

Date last modified: 2019-04-10