Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Chyme


chyme \ˈkīm\ noun: the semifluid mass of partly digested food expelled by the stomach into the duodenum

Etymology: New Latin chymus, from Late Latin, chyle, from Greek chymos juice

The word chyme—it looks handsome, it sounds sharp and its meaning is vaguely off-putting. What more could you ask for?

2 comments:

i are tiny kitn said...

any word relating to duodenum is AOK with me!

Travis said...

tiny kitn,

Duodenum is another word they can be stressed more than one way: du-ODD-enum or duo-DEE-num. Which do you use?