Dictionary > Extracellular digestion

Extracellular digestion

Definition
noun
A form of digestion wherein the breaking down of materials into smaller, absorbable components takes place outside the cell.
Supplement
In extracellular digestion, the materials or food particles are broken down chemically into smaller components outside the cell or onto the digestive system spaces.
For example, fungi feed on their food by secreting digestive enzymes to digest their food externally, which they later absorb. In mammals, the process takes place within the lumen of the digestive system.
Word origin: extracellular + digestion
Compare: intracellular digestion


You will also like...

The process of photosynthesis
Photosynthesis – Photolysis and Carbon Fixation

Photosynthesis is the process that plants undertake to create organic materials from carbon dioxide and water, with the ..

Genetics – Lesson Outline & Worksheets
Genetics – Lesson Outline & Worksheets

  Topics Modules Quizzes/Worksheets Description Introduction to Genetics Genetics – Definition: Heredity and ..

Ecosystem Succession
Ecosystem Succession

If the balance of nature is left untouched, landscapes can change dramatically over time. A previous ecosystem is supers..

Growth Patterns
Growth Patterns

This tutorial describes the sigmoid curve, annual plant growth, tree growth, human growth, and insect growth as the grow..

Neural Control Mechanisms
Neural Control Mechanisms

Neurons generate electric signals that they pass along to the other neurons or target tissues. In this tutorial, you wil..

"Cronopio dentiacutus", a prehistoric mammal (an illustration)
Mammalian Ancestors

Mammals are a diverse group of organisms, where most of them develop their offspring within the uterus of the mother. Ov..

Related Articles...

No related articles found

See all Related Topics