What is the stomach?

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The stomach is a hollow organ in the upper abdomen, just under the ribs. Its primary function is to receive food from the esophagus, digest it and turn it into liquid/semi-liquid and send it through the lower digestive tract.

The stomach has five layers:
  • Inner layer: lining of the stomach
  • Submucosa: support tissue for inner layer
  • Muscle layer: muscles of the stomach
  • Subserosa: support tissue for the outer layer
  • Outer layer: outer lining, also called serosa

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