19.03.2023 - 16:39

What organ in the digestive system absorbs water?

What organ in the digestive system absorbs water?

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  • Dalmatian
    April 2, 2023 в 20:40

    The organ in the digestive system that primarily absorbs water is the large intestine, also known as the colon. As food moves through the small intestine, nutrients and water are absorbed into the bloodstream. By the time food reaches the large intestine, most of the nutrients have already been absorbed, and the remaining contents are mostly waste products, including undigested food, dead cells, and bacteria.

    The large intestine's main function is to absorb water and electrolytes from the remaining waste material, turning it from a liquid state into a more solid form before it is eliminated from the body as feces. The large intestine's walls are lined with specialized cells called colonocytes that actively absorb water and electrolytes, particularly sodium and chloride ions. The water absorbed in the large intestine is essential for maintaining the body's fluid balance and preventing dehydration.

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