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In anatomy, the stomach is an organ in the gastrointestinal tract used to digest food.

In general, the stomach's primary function is not the absorption of nutrients from digested food; this task is usually performed by the intestine.

In most animals, the main job of the stomach is to break down large food molecules into smaller ones, so that they can be absorbed into the blood more easily.

Latin names for the stomach include Ventriculus and Gaster; many medical terms related to the stomach start in "gastro-" or "gastric".

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Stomach", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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