What is stomach?

  • (noun): The region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis.
    Synonyms: abdomen, venter, belly
    See also — Additional definitions below


The stomach is a muscular, hollow, dilated part of the digestion system which functions as an important organ of the digestive tract in some animals, including vertebrates, echinoderms, insects (mid-gut), and molluscs. It is involved in the second phase of digestion, following mastication (chewing).

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Stomach (Fu)
... Stomach, a concept from traditional Chinese medicine as distinct from the Western medical concept of stomach, is more a way of describing a set of interrelated parts than an anatomical organ ... The Stomach and its paired organ, the Spleen, are associated with the element of earth and the emotions of anxiety and stress ...
Stomach Disease - Causes and Treatment
... Smoking has been linked to a variety of disorders of the stomach ... Chronic stomach problems have also been linked to excess intake of alcohol ... It has been shown that alcohol intake can cause stomach ulcer, gastritis and even stomach cancer ...
Stomach Disease
... The stomach is an important organ in the body ... The stomach connects to the esophagus above and to the small intestine below ... The stomach does vary in size but its J shape is constant ...
Stomach - In Other Animals
... Although the precise shape and size of the stomach varies widely among different vertebrates, the relative positions of the oesophageal and duodenal openings remain relatively ... However, lampreys, hagfishes, chimaeras, lungfishes, and some teleost fish have no stomach at all, with the oesophagus opening directly into the intestine ... Furthermore, in many non-human mammals, a portion of the stomach anterior to the cardiac glands is lined with epithelium essentially identical to that of the oesophagus ...
Stomach Disease - Chronic Disorders - Gastroparesis
... Basically in gastroparesis, the stomach motility disappears and food remains stagnant in the stomach ... is diabetes but it can also occur from a blockage at the distal end of stomach, a cancer or a stroke ...

More definitions of "stomach":

  • (noun): An appetite for food.
    Example: "Exercise gave him a good stomach for dinner"
  • (verb): Bear to eat.
    Example: "He cannot stomach raw fish"
  • (noun): An enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion.
    Synonyms: tummy, tum, breadbasket
  • (noun): An inclination or liking for things involving conflict or difficulty or unpleasantness.
    Example: "He had no stomach for a fight"

Famous quotes containing the word stomach:

    A surfeit of the sweetest things
    The deepest loathing to the stomach brings.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    When the sky is clear, carry an umbrella; though your stomach is full, carry provisions.
    Chinese proverb.

    ... the great mistake of the reformers is to believe that life begins and ends with health, and that happiness begins and ends with a full stomach and the power to enjoy physical pleasures, even of the finer kind.
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879–1944)