post·​pran·​di·​al | \ pōs(t)-ˈpran-dē-əl How to pronounce postprandial (audio) \

Definition of postprandial

: occurring after a meal

Other Words from postprandial

postprandially \ pōs(t)-​ˈpran-​dē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce postprandial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of postprandial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cynar is used in pre-dinner drinks like spritz and negroni, but is also drunk as a postprandial digestif because of its savory artichoke flavor. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 26 June 2021 Glenlaurel Scottish Inn’s six-course dinner (prix fixe from $65; 72-hour advance reservation encouraged; fortifies a postprandial moth hunt conducted by lepidopterist Chris Kline at his Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, 2 July 2021 At a postprandial gathering with friends, talk turns to the crucial reconnection with nature after months trapped within four walls rarely unplugged from screens and technology. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Zimmer brings us to pythons in a lab that remain in a minimal metabolic state until they are fed, and then ramp up the activity in their tissues; the change from the resting state to their postprandial state has no parallel in the vertebrate world. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 Patterson parked just off I-5, which bisects the lagoon, and, with semis rumbling in the background, prepared to take a postprandial nap. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2020 Biologists have actually been able to measure this physiological dip in our alertness—what science calls a postprandial dip—through changes in our metabolic system, as well as adjustments in our brain waves, and in our cognitive reaction times. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, 11 Apr. 2017 The woman also reportedly suffered from postprandial chest pain, or chest pain after meals. Maggie O'neill,, 29 Apr. 2020 A year later, blood samples were collected from the patients for analysis of fasting and postprandial levels of ghrelin, leptin, peptide YY, amylin and other hormones. Daniel Engber, Scientific American, 13 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of postprandial

1820, in the meaning defined above

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post·​pran·​di·​al | \ -ˈpran-dē-əl How to pronounce postprandial (audio) \

Medical Definition of postprandial

: occurring after a meal postprandial hypoglycemia

Other Words from postprandial

postprandially \ -​ē How to pronounce postprandial (audio) \ adverb


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