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Stages of food processing in the body

Processing of food in the alimentary canal is divided into separate stages.

Process Definition
Ingestion Physical intake of food
Digestion Breakdown of large, insoluble matter into small soluble molecules
Absorption Movement of digested molecules from the gut into the blood stream
Assimilation Processing of absorbed nutrients for use by the body
Egestion Removal of undigested material and unabsorbed material from the gut
The alimentary canal forms a factory line for the different digestive processes.
The alimentary canal forms a factory line for the different digestive processes.