Parsons, Thomas S. Ramsay Wright Zoological Laboratories, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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The tubular or saccular abdominal organ of the digestive system adapted for temporary food storage and preliminary stages of food breakdown. The stomach (Fig. 1) is an important muscular organ of the gastrointestinal tract. Located between the esophagus and the small intestine, the stomach helps in the digestion of food by grinding and mixing it with gastric secretions, including acids and enzymes. See also: Digestive system; Enzyme; Esophagus; Food; Intestine
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