Definition of prandial in English:



humorous, formal
  • 1During or relating to dinner or lunch.

    ‘a prandial conversation’
    • ‘The other opposition member, for his part, long before the prandial hour he had been out to lunch!’
    • ‘The Homestead's prandial adventures cannot be ignored.’
    • ‘Looking glum throughout the prandial affair, the former president afterwards e-mailed John Adams.’
    • ‘One, therefore, must savour, (to pick up the prandial metaphor), what is put in front of you and try to ignore what has gone before.’
    1. 1.1Medicine During or relating to the eating of food.
      • ‘No, they were pre-prandial and prandial and post-prandial.’
      • ‘Regular insulin provide basal and prandial effects.’
      • ‘Ligation of the parotid ducts is reserved for ‘salvage’ if thin sialorrhoea persists to avoid too great a reduction of prandial salivary output with thick viscid saliva or xerostomia (a very morbid outcome for the patient).’
      • ‘With the development of new basal and prandial insulins, physicians and patients have more options and a chance for added dosing flexibility.’


Early 19th century: from Latin prandium ‘meal’ + -al.