Definition of oxyntic in US English:



  • Of or denoting the secretory cells which produce hydrochloric acid in the main part of the stomach, or the glands which they compose.

    • ‘Based on the current observations, pancreatic acinar metaplasia can be regarded as a marker for autoimmune gastritis when found in the gastric oxyntic mucosa of adult patients.’
    • ‘Thick sections should be avoided to prevent the oxyntic mucosa from becoming darker than desired.’
    • ‘Frequency of pancreatic acinar cells in oxyntic mucosa has not been investigated in adult patients.’
    • ‘In the inlet patch, oxyntic mucosa was the most common histologic type, followed by cardiac mucosa.’
    • ‘In our study, the histologic type of the inlet patch included oxyntic mucosa and cardiac mucosa, with oxyntic mucosa being the most common type.’


Late 19th century: from Greek oxunteos (verbal noun from oxunein ‘sharpen’) + -ic.