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[kahym] /kaɪm/
the semifluid mass into which food is converted by gastric secretion and which passes from the stomach into the small intestine.
1600-10; < Latin chȳmus < Greek chȳmós juice, akin to chȳlós chyle
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chymous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for chyme
  • The final samples of mixture resembling chyme, from both methods, were tested for particle size distribution and viscosity.
British Dictionary definitions for chyme


the thick fluid mass of partially digested food that leaves the stomach
Derived Forms
chymous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin chӯmus, from Greek khumos juice; compare chyle
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Word Origin and History for chyme
1607, from L. chymus, from Gk. khymos, nearly identical to khylos (see chyle) and meaning essentially the same thing. Differentiated by Galen, who used khymos for "juice in its natural or raw state," and khylos for "juice produced by digestion," hence the modern distinction.
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chyme in Medicine

chyme (kīm)
The thick semifluid mass of partly digested food that is passed from the stomach to the duodenum.

chy'mous (kī'məs) adj.
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chyme in Science
The thick semifluid mass of partly digested food that is passed from the stomach to the duodenum.
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