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Alimentary canal

(1) The digestive tract where food (bolus) passes through so that the nutriment is digested and absorbed into the blood whereas the indigestible or nonessential portion is eliminated as waste
(2) A tubular structure of muscle and mucous membrane lining that begins at the mouth and ends at the anus
The physiological roles of the alimentary canal include:


  • alimentary tract
  • digestive tract
  • digestive tube
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    Related term(s):

  • alimentary
  • aliment
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