stomach Definition

  • 1the internal organ in which the first part of digestion occurs, being (in humans and many mammals) a pear-shaped enlargement of the alimentary canal linking the esophagus to the small intestine
  • 2the front part of the body from the chest to the groin, containing the stomach, bowels, and other organs

Using stomach: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stomach" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have a pain in my stomach.

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    He has a weak stomach and can't handle spicy food.

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    The medicine should be taken on an empty stomach.

  • Example

    She felt a knot in her stomach when she heard the news.

stomach Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for stomach

Phrases with stomach

  • turn one's stomach

    cause someone to feel sick or disgusted


    The smell of rotten eggs turns my stomach.

  • butterflies in one's stomach

    a feeling of nervousness or anxiety in one's stomach


    Before going on stage, I always get butterflies in my stomach.

  • be able to tolerate unpleasant things without feeling sick


    As a doctor, she has a strong stomach and can handle seeing blood and injuries.

Origins of stomach

from Middle English 'stomak', from Old French 'estomac', from Latin 'stomachus', from Greek 'stomakhos', from 'stoma' meaning 'mouth'


Summary: stomach in Brief

The term 'stomach' [ˈstʌmək] refers to the internal organ where digestion begins, as well as the front part of the body containing the stomach, bowels, and other organs. It is commonly used to describe physical sensations such as pain or discomfort, as in 'I have a pain in my stomach.' 'Stomach' also appears in idiomatic expressions like 'butterflies in one's stomach,' denoting nervousness, and 'turn one's stomach,' indicating disgust.

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