hydrochloric acid

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hydrochloric acid

 [hi″dro-klor´ik]
HCl, a normal constituent of gastric juice in humans and other animals. The absence of free hydrochloric acid in the stomach, called achlorhydria or gastric anacidity, may be found with chronic gastritis, gastric carcinoma, pernicious anemia, pellagra, and alcoholism.

hy·dro·chlor·ic ac·id (HCl),

(hī'drō-klōr'ik as'id),
Acid of gastric juice. The commercial product is used as an escharotic; the gas and the concentrated solution are strong irritants.
Synonym(s): muriatic acid

hydrochloric acid

Biochemistry The acid in gastric juice, which is linked to the pain of GERD, heartburn. See GERD.

hy·dro·chlor·ic ac·id

(HCl) (hī'drō-klōr'ik as'id)
The acid of gastric juice. The gas and concentrated solution are strong irritants.

hydrochloric acid

A strong acid, produced by the lining of the stomach, that breaks down connective tissue and cell membranes in the food, so that it can more easily be acted on by digestive enzymes. Hydrochloric acid also kills most of the bacteria ingested with the food.

hy·dro·chlor·ic ac·id

(HCl) (hī'drō-klōr'ik as'id)
Acid of gastric juice; commercial product used as an escharotic.
Synonym(s): muriatic acid.