hydrochloric acid

Definitions

General Science

Agriculture

  • noun an inorganic acid which forms in the stomach and is part of the gastric juices

Food

  • The acid secreted in the stomach which maintains the pH of the contents around 2, thus inhibiting or killing bacteria and helping with the breakdown of food. A permitted food additive, E507, in the UK.

Medical

  • noun an acid found in the gastric juices which helps to break apart the food
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