General English

General Science

  • noun a bag-like organ that processes and partly digests food before passing it into the intestines


  • noun the part of the body shaped like a bag, into which food passes after being swallowed and where the process of digestion continues


Origin & History of “stomach”

Greek stómakhos was derived from stóma ‘mouth’, and originally denoted the ‘throat’ or ‘oesophagus’. It was also applied to the opening or ‘mouth’ of various internal organs, particularly the stomach, and eventually came to be used for the stomach itself. English acquired the word via Latin stomachus and Old French stomaque.