"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Friday, 24 June 2011



Postprandial means after eating a meal while preprandial is before a meal.

This term is used in many contexts. In an upper class Victorian household a postprandial glass of port or brandy and cigar was enjoyed by the gentlemen while the ladies had a postprandial coffee.

Nowadays it is more oftent to be found in relation to blood sugar (or blood glucose) levels, which are normally measured 2 hours after and before eating in a postprandial glucose test.

1 comment:

  1. And I guess we all are familiar with the postprandial lull that besets us when we have eaten just a little more than we actually needed in order not to feel hungry anymore.