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Maag / Stomach

The stomach forms an important organ of the alimentary tract. It is situated between the oesophagus and the small intestine (duodenum). The stomach serves multiple purposes. It forms a temporary storage location for food and produces acids to enhance the acidity of the food. As a result potential pathogens cannot survive in the ingested food. Furthermore, the stomach produces substances that facilitate fat digestion. At the same time the stomach muscles contract to ensure the food is blended, so that it can pass through the remainder of the alimentary tract and food particles can be taken up by the body easily. A meal generally remains inside the stomach for 4-6 hours, depending on the amount of fat in the meal.