Intracellular Digestion vs. Extracellular Digestion


What is the Difference Between Intracellular Digestion and Extracellular Digestion? 

In this article, we explore the definitions and difference between Intracellular and Extracellular Digestion.

Intracellular Digestion = Digestion that occurs inside our cells (literally in the cytoplasm)

Extracellular Digestion = Digestion that occurs outside our cells

Lo and behold! Welcome our holy grail – glucose! While glucose’s essence as the holy grail may be debatable, glucose undeniably serves as an essential energy source for our bodies. In order to utilize glucose as our energy, we must first digest food that contains glucose. There are two main types of digestion: intracellular and extracellular.

Our Human Digestive System: Wonderful, isn’t it? 🙂

Definitions of Intracellular Digestion and Extracellular Digestion

Let’s first dissect the ‘anatomy’ of our word “intracellular.” The prefix intra means “on the inside” or “within,” and the suffix cellular literally refers to our cells. Intracellular digestion thus means digestion that…

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