The last part of the small intestine. It connects to the cecum (first part of the large intestine). The ileum helps to further digest food coming from the stomach and other parts of the small intestine. 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.2013-10-22