Human Body


What are the steps in the digestive process?

There are five major steps in the process of digestion.

  1. Ingestion: the eating of any food
  2. Peristalsis: the involuntary muscle contractions that move the ingested food through the digestive tract
  3. Digestion: the conversion of the food molecules into nutrients that can then be used by the body
  4. Absorption: the passage of the nutrients into the bloodstream and/or lymphatic system to be used by the body’s cells
  5. Defecation: the elimination of the undigested and unabsorbed ingested materials


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