gastric juice


Definition of gastric juice

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Here's What Actually Happens in Your Body When You Eat Protein," 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, "‘The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth’ Review: Desperate Remedies," 12 Dec. 2018 Therefore, when one ingests alkaline water, this water mixes with the highly acidic gastric juice. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 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, "Woman Claims Drinking Her Dog's Urine Cleared Her Acne in Nauseating Viral Video," 11 June 2018 The researchers believe that the beetles must have evolved the ability to survive these gastric juices, Sample reports. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How Exploding Beetles Can Survive Being Eaten Alive," 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, "Experts raise eyebrows at digital pill to monitor patients with schizophrenia," 14 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of gastric juice

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Gastric juice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for gastric juice

gastric juice

gas·​tric juice | \ ˈga-strik- \

Kids Definition of gastric juice

: an acid liquid made by the stomach that helps to digest food

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Medical Definition of 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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