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Esophagus

The muscular tube through which food passes from the throat to the stomach.

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Gastrointestinal (digestive) system anatomy; shows esophagus, liver, stomach, large intestine, and small intestine. Click to enlarge

Parts of the gastrointestinal tract National Institutes of Health

The esophagus is the hollow, muscular tube that moves food and liquid from the throat to the stomach. The wall of the esophagus is made up of several layers of tissue, including mucous membrane, muscle, and connective tissue. NIH - National Cancer Institute

Terms to know

Gastrointestinal Tract (GI Tract)
The large, muscular tube that extends from the mouth to the anus, where the movement of muscles, along with the release of hormones and enzymes, allows for the digestion of food. Also called the alimentary canal or digestive tract.
Large Intestine
The part of the intestine that includes the appendix, cecum, colon, and rectum. The large intestine absorbs water from stool and changes it from a liquid to a solid form. The large intestine is 5 feet long.
Stomach
An organ that is part of the digestive system. The stomach helps digest food by mixing it with digestive juices and churning it into a thin liquid.
Upper Gastrointestinal Tract (Upper GI Tract)
The upper part of the gastrointestinal tract that includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

Terms to know

Gastrointestinal Tract (GI Tract)
The large, muscular tube that extends from the mouth to the anus, where the movement of muscles, along with t...
Large Intestine
The part of the intestine that includes the appendix, cecum, colon, and rectum. The large intestine absorbs w...
Stomach
An organ that is part of the digestive system. The stomach helps digest food by mixing it with digestive juic...
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