digestive tube

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Noun1.digestive tube - tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anusdigestive tube - tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
duct, epithelial duct, canal, channel - a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; "the tear duct was obstructed"; "the alimentary canal"; "poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs"
digestive system, gastrointestinal system, systema alimentarium, systema digestorium - the system that makes food absorbable into the body
stomach, tum, tummy, breadbasket - an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion
enteron - the alimentary canal (especially of an embryo or a coelenterate)
esophagus, gullet, oesophagus, gorge - the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
small intestine - the longest part of the alimentary canal; where digestion is completed
large intestine - beginning with the cecum and ending with the rectum; includes the cecum and the colon and the rectum; extracts moisture from food residues which are later excreted as feces
pharynx, throat - the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone
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"But you must remember the definition of Cabanis: 'Man is a digestive tube.' I imagine now.
The digestive system consists of the digestive tube and its principal associated organs, namely, salivary glands, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.
Ulceration and stricture formation predominate within the ascending colon, and are thought to be due to the increased use of slow-release formulations of NSAID [5, 6], designed for absorption in the distal parts of digestive tube, thus avoiding NSAID-related damage of the stomach and duodenum.
The histologic characteristics of these layers are described below in relation to specific regions of the digestive tube. The mucosa has three principal functions: protection, absorption, and secretion [1].
The fish were then removed from the net and immediately preserved in a 10% formalin solution in order to halt the enzyme action, and to preserve the digestive tube contents (Uieda & Castro, 1999).
Whole mussels were found in the digestive tube of 29 of 46 inspected fish, yielding an estimated probability of Pwholemussels = 0.6304.
The holothurian digestive tube is usually very long and looped, occupying most of the main body cavity (somatocoel).
Unconvinced by a theory that blamed cramped space in the abdominal cavity for these loops, Mahadevan tested the idea that a digestive tube growing faster than the tissue connecting it to the body could create a twisting force.