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Gastrointestinal tract

Gastrointestinal tract

Overview

The gastrointestinal system is comprised of the stomach, and the small and large intestines. It is responsible for breaking down and absorbing the food a person eats.

Review Date 6/28/2018

Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.