Definition of achlorhydria in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌeɪklɔːˈhʌɪdrɪə/
Pronunciation: /ˌaklɔːˈhʌɪdrɪə/


[mass noun] Medicine
Absence of hydrochloric acid in the gastric secretions.
Example sentences
  • Malabsorption may be caused by delayed gastric emptying, prior or concurrent injury, achlorhydria, and reduced gastric mucin secretion.
  • There has also been an increased incidence of atrophic gastritis and achlorhydria in patients with gluten sensitivity.
  • Anyone without achlorhydria secretes hydrogen ions from gastric mucosa whether fed orally, by a nasogastric tube, or parenterally.


Late 19th century: from a-1 'without' + chlor- + hydro- + -ia1.

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Line breaks: achlor|hydria

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