Digestive System

Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

How does the volume of the stomach change from when it is empty to when it is full?

The inner mucous membrane of the stomach contain branching wrinkles called rugae (from the Latin, meaning “folds”). As the stomach fills, the rugae flatten until they almost disappear when the stomach is full. An empty stomach has a volume of only 0.05 quarts (50 milliliters). A full stomach expands to contain 1 to 1.5 quarts (a little less than 1 to 1.5 liters) of food in the process of being digested.


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