- Anatomy, Zoology.
- a saclike enlargement of the alimentary canal, as in humans and certain animals, forming an organ for storing, diluting, and digesting food.
- such an organ or an analogous portion of the alimentary canal when divided into two or more sections or parts.
- any one of these sections.
- Zoology. any analogous digestive cavity or tract in invertebrates.
- the part of the body containing the stomach; belly or abdomen.
- appetite for food.
- desire, inclination, or liking: I have no stomach for this trip.
- spirit; courage.
- pride; haughtiness.
- resentment; anger.
- to endure or tolerate (someone or something): I can't stomach your constant nagging.
- Obsolete. to be offended at or resent.
Origin of stomach
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Examples from the Web for stomach
Is there a more dreadful sensation than that of your stomach wringing itself out like a washcloth?
I am fortunate that I have never been deathly ill, but whenever I have the stomach flu, I most certainly feel like I am dying.
Kanye refuses to stomach any rejection, no matter how upper crust.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture
December 23, 2014
Against this backdrop, Paul breaking bread with Sharpton may be too much for Republican primary voters to watch or stomach.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
But so many years later, I still get a tense feeling in my stomach when I see a strong storm approaching.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction
Sean B. Carroll
November 30, 2014
He whirled to receive the muzzle of a revolver in his stomach.
There was a wild yell; Andrew was stopped in mid-air by a rifle thrust into his stomach.
And sometimes I have sharp pains in the stomach, as if I had the colic.The Imaginary Invalid
I shouldn't wonder a mite if you'd got some o' them stomach troubles along with your cold.Meadow Grass
Now, when the poison was no longer in the stomach, will-power could do a great deal.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
- (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 adjective: gastric
- the corresponding digestive organ in invertebrates
- the abdominal region
- desire, appetite, or inclinationI have no stomach for arguments
- an archaic word for temper
- an obsolete word for pride
- to tolerate; bearI can't stomach his bragging
- to eat or digesthe cannot stomach oysters
Word Origin and History for stomach
c.1300, "internal pouch into which food is digested," from Old French estomac, from Latin stomachus "stomach, throat," also "pride, inclination, indignation" (which were thought to have their origin in that organ), from Greek stomachos "throat, gullet, esophagus," literally "mouth, opening," from stoma "mouth" (see stoma). Applied to the openings of various internal organs, especially the stomach, then to the stomach itself. Some 16c. anatomists tried to correct the sense back to "esophagus" and introduce ventricle for what we call the stomach. Meaning "belly, midriff, part of the body that contains the stomach" is from late 14c. Figurative senses in Latin extended into Middle English (cf. "relish, inclination, desire," 1510s). Stomach ache is from 1763.
"to tolerate, put up with," 1570s, from stomach (n.), probably in reference to digestion; earlier sense was opposite: "to be offended at, resent" (1520s), from Latin stomachari "to be resentful," from stomachus (n.) in its secondary sense of "pride, indignation." Related: Stomached; stomaching.
- The enlarged saclike portion of the digestive tract between the esophagus and small intestine, lying just beneath the diaphragm.
- A saclike muscular organ in vertebrate animals that stores and breaks down ingested food. Food enters the stomach from the esophagus and passes to the small intestine through the pylorus. Glands in the stomach secrete hydrochloric acid and the digestive enzyme pepsin.
- A similar digestive structure of many invertebrates.
- Any of the four compartments into which the stomach of a ruminant is divided (the rumen, reticulum, omasum, or abomasum).
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.