The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine. It is located between the stomach and the middle part of the small intestine, or jejunum.
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The absorption of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients begins in the duodenum.
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Digestive system - illustration
The esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine, aided by the liver, gallbladder and pancreas convert the nutritive components of food into energy and break down the non-nutritive components into waste to be excreted.
Review Date: 10/10/2020
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