|1.||(in vertebrates) the enlarged muscular saclike part of the alimentary canal in which food is stored until it has been partially digested and rendered into chymeRelated: gastric|
|2.||the corresponding digestive organ in invertebrates|
|3.||the abdominal region|
|4.||desire, appetite, or inclination: I have no stomach for arguments|
|5.||an archaic word for temper|
|6.||an obsolete word for pride|
|7.||to tolerate; bear: I can't stomach his bragging|
|8.||to eat or digest: he cannot stomach oysters|
|[C14: from Old French stomaque, from Latin stomachus (believed to be the seat of the emotions), from Greek stomakhos, from stoma mouth]|
stomach stom·ach (stŭm'ək)
The enlarged saclike portion of the digestive tract between the esophagus and small intestine, lying just beneath the diaphragm.
|stomach (stŭm'ək) Pronunciation Key
An organ in the digestive system, on the left side of the body behind the lower rib cage, that receives chewed food from the esophagus. Tiny glands in the stomach's lining secrete gastric juice, which contains acids, mucus, and enzymes. This fluid, along with the muscular churning actions of the stomach, helps transform food into a thick, semifluid mass that can be passed into the small intestine for digestion.