Visible Human, Coronal Section/Anterior Thorax

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The liver plays many important roles in the body. Nutrient rich blood returning from the gastrointestinal tract enters the liver via the portal circulation. The liver processes absorbed compounds, fats and cholesterol in particular, and detoxifies many substances that could be harmful to the body. In addition, the organ secretes bile, a thick greenish fluid important for the proper absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, E, and K.

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lung | left ventricle | right ventricle | diaphragm | stomach | liver | pectoralis major |
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Module Name: a_vmY1649
Module Title: Visible Human, Coronal Section/Anterior Thorax
Image Info: Computer generated from gross transverse sections.
Created by: Lynn Bry
Last modified: Feb 7th, 1997

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