One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Absence of hydrochloric acid in the gastric secretions.
- ‘There has also been an increased incidence of atrophic gastritis and achlorhydria in patients with gluten sensitivity.’
- ‘Malabsorption may be caused by delayed gastric emptying, prior or concurrent injury, achlorhydria, and reduced gastric mucin secretion.’
- ‘Anyone without achlorhydria secretes hydrogen ions from gastric mucosa whether fed orally, by a nasogastric tube, or parenterally.’
- ‘The absence of acid is called achlorhydria, but many people have this condition without ill effects.’
- ‘Certain groups should avoid large, chronic doses, including children and individuals with achlorhydria, adrenal insufficiency, asthma, cancer, diabetes, lupus erythrematosus, or scleroderma.’
Late 19th century: from a- ‘without’ + chlor- + hydro- + -ia.
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