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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The saliva contains the enzymes salivary amylase (ahm-ih-la-s) and salivary maltase (mahl-tas), which begin to break down the foodstuff (chemical digestion).
The colon then performs the function of formation and elimination of feces consisting of nutrient-void food, along with toxins that are the byproducts of chemical digestion. Unlike the small intestines, the mucosa cells in the walls of the large intestine produce only mucus, which protect the cells from the toxins in the waste material as it passes by.

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