chemical digestion


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chemical digestion

The conversion of complex food molecules into simpler molecules by digestive enzymes.
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See also: digestion
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We may deduce that the absence of these differences as well as the presence of well developed folds of the gastric mucosa suggest adaptation to increase the internal surface and perform exclusively function of chemical digestion.
Despite this, analysts are faced with the burden of having to use concentrated acids at high temperatures for the chemical digestion of the protein, which poses a considerable hazard.
The process of chewing breaks the food into smaller pieces, which increases the surface area and provides more opportunity for the enzymes to begin chemical digestion.

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