Q. 524.2( 18 Votes )
Why does absorption of digested food occur mainly in the small intestine?
The inner surface of small intestine has numerous finger-like structures, called Villi. Villi increase the surface area of small intestine so that optimal absorption takes place.
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Study the given diagram:
Name the parts ‘A’ and ‘B’ and state one function of each.
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(ii) substance B, and (iii) enzyme C?
(b) Name the tube D.
(c) What is the movement E known as?
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