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4.4: Organs

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  • Diagram 4.14: Cells, tissues and organs forming the digestive system

    Just as the various parts of the cell work together to perform the cell’s functions and a large number of similar cells make up a tissue, so many different tissues can “cooperate” to form an organ that performs a particular function. For example, connective tissues, epithelial tissues, muscle tissue and nervous tissue combine to make the organ that we call the stomach. In turn the stomach combines with other organs like the intestines, liver and pancreas to form the digestive system (see diagram 4.14).

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    • Ruth Lawson (Otago Polytechnic; Dunedin, New Zealand)

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