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Question 5#

How much fluid normally enters the adult small intestine each day?

a. 2 L
b. 4 L
c. 6 L
d. 8 L

Correct Answer is D


Eight to nine liters of fluid enters the small intestine daily, of which over 80% is absorbed. This includes 2 L from oral intake, 1.5 L of saliva, 2.5 L of gastric juice, 1.5 L of biliopancreatic secretions, and 1 L of fluid secreted by the small intestine.