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Medical Term:

fornix of stomach


Definition: formerly considered to be a synonym of the official Nomina Anatomica term “fundus of stomach” (used more commonly than fundus in radiology), Terminologia Anatomica lists fornix and fundus of stomach separately, considering that all stomachs have a fundus, being the uppermost portion of the body of the stomach, the mucosa of which includes the greatest density of fundic cells; fornix is now reserved for the domed or pocketlike portion of the stomach that lies superior to and to the left of the cardial orifice, in which, in the upright position, gas is often contained.

Synonym(s): fornix gastricusTA

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