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Abdomen vs. Stomach: Know the Difference

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Abdomen is the part of the body between the chest and pelvis, containing digestive organs. Stomach is a specific digestive organ within the abdomen, responsible for breaking down food.
Abdomen vs. Stomach

Key Differences

An anatomical term referring to the body region between the thorax (chest) and pelvis. Stomach: A distinct organ within the abdomen, playing a key role in the digestive process.
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Encompasses various structures including muscles, intestines, and organs like the liver and kidneys. Stomach: Specifically, a muscular organ involved in the digestion of food, located in the upper part of the abdomen.
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Often used to refer to the abdominal cavity or the external surface area, commonly known as the belly. Stomach: Refers exclusively to the internal organ that secretes acids and enzymes for food digestion.
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The term is used in both medical and everyday language to describe the lower torso area. Stomach: Used specifically to describe the organ or, informally, to refer to a feeling of fullness or hunger.
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Problems in the abdomen can include a variety of issues, from muscle strain to organ diseases. Stomach: Stomach problems are specifically related to this organ, such as ulcers or acid reflux.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Body region between chest and pelvis
Specific organ within the abdomen
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Contains

Digestive organs, muscles, intestines
Part of the digestive system
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Function

Encases various body organs and structures
Breaks down food with acids and enzymes
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Common Issues

Muscle strain, organ diseases
Ulcers, acid reflux
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Usage in Language

Refers to body area or cavity
Specifically the digestive organ or hunger sensation
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Abdomen and Stomach Definitions

Abdomen

In anatomy, the abdomen is the section of the body below the ribs.
The surgeon made an incision in the patient's abdomen.
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Stomach

The stomach is an organ in the digestive system that processes food.
My stomach aches after that meal.
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Abdomen

Abdomen refers to the area between the chest and the pelvis.
The boxer took a hit to the abdomen.
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Stomach

Stomach refers specifically to the digestive organ between the esophagus and small intestine.
The doctor diagnosed her with an upset stomach.
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Abdomen

The abdomen is the part of the body that contains the digestive organs.
He felt a sharp pain in his abdomen.
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Stomach

The stomach secretes acid and enzymes for digestion.
He felt his stomach churning with hunger.
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Abdomen

The abdomen is often called the belly.
She did exercises to strengthen her abdomen.
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Stomach

Stomach problems typically involve indigestion or acidity.
She took medication for her upset stomach.
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Abdomen

Abdomen encompasses the stomach, intestines, and other organs.
The ultrasound showed a problem in his abdomen.
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Stomach

The enlarged, saclike portion of the digestive tract, one of the principal organs of digestion, located in vertebrates between the esophagus and the small intestine.
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Abdomen

The part of the body that lies between the thorax and the pelvis and encloses the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, and pancreas in humans and other mammals. Also called belly.
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Stomach

A similar digestive structure of many invertebrates.
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Abdomen

The corresponding region in vertebrates other than mammals.
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Stomach

Any of the four compartments into which the stomach of a ruminant is divided.
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Abdomen

The posterior segment of the body in arthropods.
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Stomach

The abdomen or belly.
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Abdomen

(obsolete) The fat surrounding the belly.
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Stomach

An appetite for food.
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Abdomen

(anatomy) The belly, or that part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis, not including the back; or in some lower vertebrates, the portion between the cardiac and caudal regions.
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Stomach

A desire or inclination, especially for something difficult or unpleasant:had no stomach for quarrels.
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Abdomen

(anatomy) The cavity of the belly, which is lined by the peritoneum, and contains the viscera; often restricted in humans to the part between the diaphragm and the commencement of the pelvis, the remainder being called the pelvic cavity.
He was all bent over complaining of pains in the abdomen.
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Stomach

Courage; spirit.
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Abdomen

The posterior section of the body, behind the thorax, in insects, crustaceans, and other Arthropoda.
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Stomach

(Obsolete)Pride.
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Abdomen

The belly, or that part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis. Also, the cavity of the belly, which is lined by the peritoneum, and contains the stomach, bowels, and other viscera. In man, often restricted to the part between the diaphragm and the commencement of the pelvis, the remainder being called the pelvic cavity.
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Stomach

To bear; tolerate.
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Abdomen

The posterior section of the body, behind the thorax, in insects, crustaceans, and other Arthropoda.
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Stomach

(Obsolete)To resent.
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Abdomen

The region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
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Stomach

An organ in animals that stores food in the process of digestion.
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Abdomen

The cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm
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Stomach

(informal) The belly.
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Stomach

Pride, haughtiness.
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Stomach

(obsolete) Appetite.
A good stomach for roast beef
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Stomach

(figuratively) Desire, appetite (for something abstract).
I have no stomach for a fight today.
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Stomach

The part of a garment that covers a person's stomach.
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Stomach

(transitive) To tolerate (something), emotionally, physically, or mentally; to stand or handle something.
I really can’t stomach jobs involving that much paperwork, but some people seem to tolerate them.
I can't stomach her cooking.
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Stomach

To be angry.
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Stomach

To resent; to remember with anger; to dislike.
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Stomach

To turn the stomach of; to sicken or repel.
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Stomach

An enlargement, or series of enlargements, in the anterior part of the alimentary canal, in which food is digested; any cavity in which digestion takes place in an animal; a digestive cavity. See Digestion, and Gastric juice, under Gastric.
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Stomach

The desire for food caused by hunger; appetite; as, a good stomach for roast beef.
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Stomach

Hence appetite in general; inclination; desire.
He which hath no stomach to this fight,Let him depart.
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Stomach

Violence of temper; anger; sullenness; resentment; willful obstinacy; stubbornness.
Stern was his look, and full of stomach vain.
This sort of crying proceeding from pride, obstinacy, and stomach, the will, where the fault lies, must be bent.
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Stomach

Pride; haughtiness; arrogance.
He was a manOf an unbounded stomach.
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Stomach

To resent; to remember with anger; to dislike.
The lion began to show his teeth, and to stomach the affront.
The Parliament sit in that body . . . to be his counselors and dictators, though he stomach it.
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Stomach

To bear without repugnance; to brook.
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Stomach

To be angry.
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Stomach

An enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion
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Stomach

The region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
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Stomach

An inclination or liking for things involving conflict or difficulty or unpleasantness;
He had no stomach for a fight
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Stomach

An appetite for food;
Exercise gave him a good stomach for dinner
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Stomach

Bear to eat;
He cannot stomach raw fish
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Stomach

Put up with something or somebody unpleasant;
I cannot bear his constant criticism
The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks
He learned to tolerate the heat
She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage
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Stomach

Informally, 'stomach' can refer to one's appetite or capacity for food.
I don’t have the stomach to eat anything right now.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is the stomach the same as the abdomen?

No, the stomach is a specific organ within the abdomen.
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Can stomach problems affect the entire abdomen?

Yes, issues in the stomach can cause pain or discomfort in the abdomen.
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What is the primary function of the stomach?

It digests food using acids and enzymes.
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Can you feel pain in your stomach?

Yes, pain can originate from the stomach due to various conditions.
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What kind of pains are common in the abdomen?

Common pains include cramps, aches, or sharp pain due to various conditions.
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What organs are in the abdomen?

The abdomen contains the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, and kidneys.
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Does the abdomen include any part of the digestive system?

Yes, it includes the entire digestive tract, including the stomach.
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What does 'upper abdomen' refer to?

It refers to the area of the abdomen near the ribs, where the stomach is located.
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Is the belly the same as the abdomen?

In everyday language, 'belly' often refers to the abdomen.
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How can you maintain a healthy abdomen?

Through regular exercise, a balanced diet, and avoiding harmful substances.
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Are abdomen and stomach used interchangeably?

They are often used interchangeably in everyday language, but they refer to different things.
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Is the liver part of the stomach?

No, the liver is a separate organ in the abdomen.
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Can you see the stomach from the outside?

No, the stomach is an internal organ and cannot be seen from the outside.
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Why is abdominal health important?

It's vital for digestion, posture, and overall health.
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What conditions affect the stomach?

Conditions include gastritis, ulcers, and acid reflux.
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Do gastrointestinal issues always originate in the stomach?

Not always; they can also originate in other parts of the digestive system.
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What role does the abdomen play in breathing?

The diaphragm, located at the bottom of the abdomen, helps in breathing.
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Does the stomach only process food?

Primarily, but it also plays a role in regulating hunger and satiety.
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Is abdominal pain always serious?

Not always, but persistent or severe pain should be medically evaluated.
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Can stress affect your stomach?

Yes, stress can lead to stomach issues like acidity or indigestion.
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