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chyme

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Pronunciation: /kʌɪm
 
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Definition of chyme in English:

noun

[mass noun] Physiology
The pulpy acidic fluid which passes from the stomach to the small intestine, consisting of gastric juices and partly digested food.
Example sentences
  • The rate of emptying of chyme from the stomach varies with the composition of the meal.
  • The mixture of gastric secretions, saliva, and food, known collectively as chyme, moves to the small intestine.
  • The body of the stomach produces acid and has a muscular digestive function for mixing chyme.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin chymus, from Greek khūmos 'juice' (compare with chyle). The Greek words khūlos and khūmos are from the same root and more or less identical in sense.

Derivatives

chymous

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • When solid food becomes chymous (ie, liquid in consistency), it passes through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum.

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