stomach

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noun

stom·​ach ˈstə-mək How to pronounce stomach (audio)
-mik
1
a(1)
: a saclike expansion of the digestive tract of a vertebrate that is located between the esophagus and duodenum and typically consists of a simple often curved sac with an outer serous covering, a strong muscular wall that contracts rhythmically, and an inner mucous membrane lining that contains gastric glands

Note: In humans, the stomach is located in the upper abdomen, below the esophagus and above the small intestine. It functions mainly to partially digest food by grinding and mixing it with gastric secretions (such as hydrochloric acid and pepsin). Mucus is also secreted to protect the stomach lining from damage by the acidic environment. Once ingested food has been partially digested by the stomach, it is discharged through the pylorus into the duodenum in the form of the semifluid chyme for further digestion.

(2)
: one of the compartments making up the stomach of a ruminant animal (such as a cow or sheep)
… the rumen, the largest of the four stomachs in an older animal, is undeveloped at birth and is considerably smaller than the abomasum or true stomach.Norman Barron
b
: the part of the body that contains the stomach : belly, abdomen
He was punched in the stomach.
c
: a cavity in an invertebrate animal that is analogous to a stomach
When a leaf containing the bacteria is ingested by the larva of certain insects, the new gene produces a protein that attacks the stomach lining of the insect and causes death.The New York Times
2
a
: desire for food caused by hunger : appetite
After the hike, she had a good stomach for lunch.
b
: inclination, desire
had no stomach for an argument
also : courage, guts
3
obsolete
a
b

stomach

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verb

stomached; stomaching; stomachs

transitive verb

1
: to bear without overt reaction or resentment : put up with
couldn't stomach office politics
2
archaic : to take offense at

Examples of stomach in a Sentence

Noun She has problems with her stomach. I've had enough to eat. My stomach is full. He was lying on his stomach. Verb I could barely stomach the smell. I can't stomach raw onions.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
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Verb
Must be willing to relocate—and stomach the smell of penguin poop. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 Wealthy buyers can easier stomach a mortgage rate around 7% and may be able to pay all cash. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 There’s also a taco and chili pepper eating contest for those who can stomach it. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 Jan. 2024 Check out our Best Android Phones and Best Cheap Phones guides for additional recommendations at prices that are much easier to stomach. Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 18 Jan. 2024 Caught in the middle are consumers who just want to save money on gas, but perhaps have fears about going fully electric or can’t stomach the cost of EVs. Patrick George, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2023 Girls are too delicate to stomach a substantial meal; girls don’t have the logic to do math; girls are just lickle babies that need constant reassurance. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2023 And that assumes that an individual person (or pet) could stand to stomach the plant at all, which is highly unlikely in the case of poinsettias. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 Further, Republicans tend to be solely focused on cuts Democrats can’t stomach, and Democrats generally advocate raising taxes — a nonstarter for Republicans. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English stomak, from Anglo-French estomac, from Latin stomachus gullet, esophagus, stomach, from Greek stomachos, from stoma mouth; akin to Middle Breton staffn mouth, Avestan staman-

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of stomach was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stomach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stomach. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

stomach

1 of 2 noun
stom·​ach ˈstəm-ək How to pronounce stomach (audio)
-ik
1
a
: a pouch of the vertebrate digestive system into which food passes from the esophagus for mixing and digestion before passing to the duodenum of the small intestine
b
: a cavity with a similar function in an invertebrate animal
c
: the part of the body that contains the stomach : belly, abdomen
2
a
: desire for food caused by hunger : appetite
b
: desire entry 2 sense 1, inclination
had no stomach for an argument

stomach

2 of 2 verb
: tolerate sense 1
could not stomach the smell

Medical Definition

stomach

noun
stom·​ach ˈstəm-ək, -ik How to pronounce stomach (audio)
1
a
: a saclike expansion of the digestive tract of a vertebrate communicating anteriorly with the esophagus and posteriorly with the duodenum and being typically a simple often curved sac with an outer serous coat, a strong complex muscular wall that contracts rhythmically, and a mucous lining membrane that contains gastric glands
b
: one of the compartments of a ruminant stomach
the abomasum is the fourth stomach of a ruminant
2
: a cavity in an invertebrate animal that is analogous to a stomach
3
: the part of the body that contains the stomach : belly, abdomen

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