stom·ach·ache | \ˈstə-mək-ˌāk, -mik-\

Definition of stomachache 

: pain in or in the region of the stomach

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Examples of stomachache in a Sentence

Eating too much food will give you a stomachache. Side effects include gas, bloating, and stomachache.

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And will there be sunburns and stomachaches and forgotten baseball gloves and sibling spats and rain delays and traffic jams and other reminders that life is messy and imperfect even during the summer? Heidi Stevens,, "It's my summer of 'yes, and.' (Yes, it's July. And I'm panicking.)," 2 July 2018 Elene had come from her home in the former Soviet republic of Georgia to visit her mother in New York around Christmas and fallen suddenly ill, with a high fever and stomachaches and mysterious bruises and infections. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 2018 Fortunately, my brain has suppressed, blocked out and forgotten about most of the incidents that triggered these stomachaches. Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "A List of Every Stress-Related Illness I’ve Ever Had, Ranked From Horrible to ‘I Think I’m Dying’," 27 June 2018 Chalfonte LeNee Queen is still struggling to completely quit marijuana, but her symptoms are down to a dull stomachache. Pauline Bartolone, Washington Post, "Wrecked And Retching: Obscure Vomiting Illness Linked To Long-Term Pot Use," 6 Mar. 2018 This kit gives you the equipment to deal with the most common injuries on the trail: blisters, sprains, cuts, stomachaches, and allergic reactions. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "Emergency Gear that Should Live in Your Daypack," 9 July 2018 Does your child have increased headaches, stomachaches or other pains? Larry Villano, Lpc, Lisac, USA TODAY, "The teen suicide rate has more than doubled: Here's how you can help save your child," 8 June 2018 For people who are lactose intolerant—a condition that stems from the lack of a digestive enzyme needed to break down milk sugars—eating dairy can produce gas and bloating, as well as diarrhea, stomachaches and vomiting. Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: Is It Bad To Eat Foods That Give You Gas?," 18 Apr. 2018 Eat yogurt when traveling to keep tummy troubles at bay—yogurt and rice is good for stomachaches. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "We Asked Grandparents How to Get Healthy Because They Know EVERYTHING," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stomachache

1744, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stomachache

: pain in or near your stomach


stom·ach·ache | \-ˌāk \

Medical Definition of stomachache 

: pain in or in the region of the stomach

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