When did the phrase "glass stomach" originate and what's its meaning?
Question #123589. Asked by tjoebigham.
Last updated Oct 30 2011.
Originally posted Sep 22 2011 4:30 PM.
Answer has 3 votes
Currently Best Answer
cag1970 21 year member
Answer has 3 votes.
Currently voted the best answer.
From what I've found, there are actually two things to which the term "glass stomach" can apply.
The first term is more correctly known as "hourglass stomach" - a deformity in which the stomach is constricted into an hourglass shape. This may be a congenital defect or it may be caused by something else, like ulcers. According to one article I've read, the earliest operative treatment occurred in 1889.