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What is the difference between the large and small intestine?

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May 23, 2012 1:07AM

The small intestine is longer than the large intestine, although it has a smaller width. The small intestine is between the the stomach and and the large intestine. The large intestine is the last part of the digestive system.

The Large intestine absorbs water, nutrients and salts. The small intestine absorbs carbohydrates, protein, fats, minerals and vitamins.

Small intestine has finger-like projections (called villi) while these are absent in large intestine.

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Small intestine helps in digestion and absorption of food while large intestine helps in reabsorption of food and elimination of wastes.

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The small intestine is only small in its diameter. In herbivores, the small intestine may be around ten times longer than the large intestine. The small intestine is where the villi-covered walls absorb nutrients from the digested food. Once the nutrients are removed, the waste enters the large intestine where the water is removed and the waste is consolidated. The origin of the following quote is linked:

The small intestine in adults is a long and narrow tube about 7 meters (23 feet) long. The large intestine is so called because it is wide in diameter. However, it is shorter than the small intestine - only about 1.5 meters (5 feet) long.

The small intestine is responsible for nutrient uptake, the large intestine is responsible for fluid uptake.

Small intestine contains digest food and absorbs the nutrients from it. The large intestine contains food waste.

The small intestine is longer than the large intestine, but it has a smaller width than the large intestine.

The inside of the small intestine is covered in villi (making the interior look bumpy), but the inside of the large intestine is smooth.

the small intestine finishes the brake down of the substance you consume and has villi which absorb simple nutrients such as amino acids, simple sugars and fatty acids. Then they are picked up by capillaries in the villi and transported throughout the body. On the other hand, the large intestine just transport the waste to the rectum and absorbs water.

well, the small intestine breaks down food and passes the nutrient to the blood vessels and the large intestine eliminates all the waste

The majority of digestion takes place in the small intestine, while the large intestine absorbs water from the remaining indigestible food and sends it out of the body.

Also, the small intestine is longer, but has a thinner diameter than the large intestine, which is shorter but wider.