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The Stomach (Grades 5-6)



The Stomach (Grades 5-6)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.88

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     challenging words:    bolus, fundus, mucosa, pylorus, serosa, sphincter, submucosa, thereby, hydrochloric, tidbits, lining, chyme, gastric, esophagus, abdomen, mucus


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The Stomach
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Can you place your hand on your stomach? If you placed it on your belly button, you actually want to move your hand higher. The stomach is actually at the top of your abdomen.
 
2     Think of your stomach as a bag made of muscles. It is shaped like a j. An adult's stomach is about ten inches long. Like a bag, the stomach can only fit so much. An adult's stomach can hold around 2.5 pints of food.
 
3     As you know, digestion begins in the mouth. A round lump called a food bolus is sent from the mouth down the esophagus into the stomach. The stomach has three areas. The fundus is the upper part. The body is the middle part. The pylorus is the lower part. The stomach also has layers similar to the esophagus (serosa, muscles, submucosa, and mucosa).

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