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1Anatomy. Of a muscle: having a single ‘belly’ or fleshy part; (originally) specifically †designating the tensor tympani (obsolete). Compare "digastric"rare.
2Zoology. Of an animal: having a single stomach or digestive cavity.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions Abridged 1665–1700. From post-classical Latin monogastricus from mono- + gastricus. With sense 1, compare earlier digastric.
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