Definition of postprandial in English:


Line breaks: post|pran¦dial
Pronunciation: /pəʊs(t)ˈprandɪəl


formal or • humorous
  • 1During or relating to the period after dinner or lunch: we were jolted from our postprandial torpor
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    • This, whispers Her Ladyship, is where Her Majesty the Queen brings her most distinguished dinner guests for their postprandial entertainment.
    • These data suggest that gene-diet interactions are important for handling of lipoproteins in the postprandial period.
    • I'm sure I am not alone in finding that extra-thick part at the base of a chocolate egg far too much for a child's delicate palate, and just right for a postprandial petit-four.
  • 1.1 Medicine Occurring or done after a meal: an annual postprandial blood glucose test
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    • After meals, when postprandial blood glucose levels are high, liver glucokinase is significantly active, which causes the liver preferentially to trap and to store circulating glucose.
    • Regular insulin must be injected 30 to 60 minutes before the meal to match postprandial glucose influx.
    • Psyllium incorporated into foods, such as pasta, and isolated psyllium when added to a test meal has been shown to reduce postprandial glucose and insulin concentrations.


early 19th century: from post- 'after' + Latin prandium 'a meal' + -al.

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