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Digestive System
The Esophagus

Digestive System
Digestive System


The Esophagus
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.74

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    bolus, mucosa, peristalsis, serosa, sphincter, submucosa, heartburn, esophageal, rhythmic, burning, circular, epiglottis, longitudinal, connective, trachea, esophagus


The Esophagus
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Digestion begins in the mouth. After food is broken down into small pieces, the tongue pushes these pieces into a round lump called a bolus. Then it is ready to travel from your mouth to your stomach.
 
2     When the time is right, the epiglottis, a flap of tissue, closes the trachea to prevent food from going down it. The trachea is also called the windpipe. When the epiglottis closes off the trachea, the bolus can go down the tube it needs to enter, the esophagus, and not your windpipe, which would cause you to choke.
 
3     The esophagus, the tube that goes from the mouth to the stomach, can be found behind the windpipe and heart. The esophagus has muscular walls and is about ten inches long in an adult.

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