One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1During or relating to dinner or lunch.
- ‘Looking glum throughout the prandial affair, the former president afterwards e-mailed John Adams.’
- ‘The other opposition member, for his part, long before the prandial hour he had been out to lunch!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Homestead's prandial adventures cannot be ignored.’
- 1.1Medicine During or relating to the eating of food.
- ‘No, they were pre-prandial and prandial and post-prandial.’
- ‘With the development of new basal and prandial insulins, physicians and patients have more options and a chance for added dosing flexibility.’
- ‘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).’
Early 19th century: from Latin prandium ‘meal’ + -al.
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