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stomach

noun stom·ach \ ˈstə-mək , -mik \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of stomach

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 :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
c :the part of the body that contains the stomach :belly, abdomen
  • He was punched in the stomach.
2 a :desire for food caused by hunger :appetite
  • After the hke, she had a good stomach for lunch.
b :inclination, desire
  • had no stomach for an argument
; also :courage, guts
3 obsolete
b :pride

Examples of stomach in a Sentence

  1. She has problems with her stomach.

  2. I've had enough to eat. My stomach is full.

  3. He was lying on his stomach.

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Origin and Etymology of stomach

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-

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stomach

verb

Definition of stomach

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

Examples of stomach in a Sentence

  1. I could barely stomach the smell.

  2. I can't stomach raw onions.

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First Known Use of stomach

1523

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STOMACH Defined for English Language Learners

stomach

noun

Definition of stomach for English Language Learners

  • : the organ in your body where food goes and begins to be digested after you swallow it

  • : the part of your body that contains the stomach

  • : the desire, courage, etc., that is needed to do or accept something difficult or unpleasant


stomach

verb

Definition of stomach for English Language Learners

  • : to accept or experience (something unpleasant) without becoming sick, upset, etc.

  • : to eat (something) without getting a sick or unpleasant feeling in your stomach


STOMACH Defined for Kids

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stomach

noun stom·ach \ ˈstə-mək \

Definition of stomach for Students

1 :the pouch into which food passes from the esophagus for mixing and digestion before passing to the small intestine
2 :the part of the body that contains the stomach :abdomen The ball hit him in the stomach.
3 :2desire 1, liking
  • She had no stomach for trouble.

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stomach

verb

Definition of stomach for Students

stomached; stomaching
:to bear patiently :put up with
  • I couldn't stomach their rude behavior.

Medical Dictionary

stomach

noun stom·ach \ ˈstəm-ək, -ik \

medical Definition of stomach

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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