gastric juice


: a thin watery acid digestive fluid secreted by glands in the mucous membrane of the stomach

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fenton says another thing to keep in mind: All food goes to the stomach and mixes with gastric juice that’s set at a low pH of around 1 or 2 — so, slightly less acidic than battery acid. Megan Schmidt, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2020 Then, those pieces of protein move to the stomach to get mixed up with gastric juices containing acids and enzymes that help break down food. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 20 June 2019 Other such treatments in history included cigarettes laced with mercury or arsenic, port-wine enemas, the excreta of chameleons and Indian river snakes, and the gastric juices of crows. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2018 Therefore, when one ingests alkaline water, this water mixes with the highly acidic gastric juice. SELF, 6 Sep. 2018 For instance, drinking lemon and water to stimulate the gastric juices for better digestion or apple cider vinegar in water has been touted for everything from weight loss to detoxification effects. Marci Robin, Allure, 11 June 2018 The researchers believe that the beetles must have evolved the ability to survive these gastric juices, Sample reports. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 21 Feb. 2018 The ingestible sensor is activated by gastric juices and sends a unique, identifying signal to a wearable patch. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 14 Nov. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gastric juice was circa 1736

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“Gastric juice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

gastric juice

: a watery acid fluid that aids digestion and is secreted by glands in the walls of the stomach

Medical Definition

gastric juice

: a thin watery acid digestive fluid secreted by the glands in the mucous membrane of the stomach and containing 0.2 to 0.4 percent free hydrochloric acid and several enzymes (as pepsin)

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