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barium meal

a preparation of barium sulphate, which is opaque to X-rays, swallowed by a patient before X-ray examination of the upper part of the alimentary canal

barium meal

[′bar·ē·əm ‚mēl]
(medicine)
A suspension of barium sulfate taken orally to render the upper gastrointestinal tract radiopaque.
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With this he departed, an easy victor, and again went whistling on his way, while the three outlaws rubbed the meal out of their eyes and began to catch their breath again.
He filled us so full of meal that I shall sweat meal for a week.
If I am not much mistook thou hast somewhat in the bottom of that fat sack of meal. Good Arthur, empty the bag upon the ground; I warrant thou wilt find a shilling or two in the flour."
"Alas!" cried the Miller, falling upon his knees, "spoil not all my good meal! It can better you not, and will ruin me.
Piperson returned, he found Pigling sitting before the fire; he had brushed up the hearth and put on the pot to boil; the meal was not get-at-able.
Piperson was very affable; he slapped Pigling on the back, made lots of porridge and forgot to lock the meal chest.
The noon meal and the supper were taken in much the same way as the breakfast.
She had come to the conclusion that he spoke no other English, and so she ceased to importune him for information; but never did she forget to greet him pleasantly or to thank him for the hideous, nauseating meals he brought her.
Ata continued to do the housework, and I gave him his meals as I said I would.
He hated to forego the meal, and we were just so much meat, cornered but inaccessible.
The Cretans conducted their public meals better than the Lacedaemonians, for at Lacedsemon each individual was obliged to furnish what was assessed upon him; which if he could not do, there was a law which deprived him of the rights of a citizen, as has been already mentioned: but in Crete they were furnished by the community; for all the corn and cattle, taxes and contributions, which the domestic slaves were obliged to furnish, were divided into parts and allotted to the gods, the exigencies of the state, and these public meals; so that all the men, women, and children were maintained from a common stock.
She scarce indeed ever saw him but at meals; where she had the pleasure of carving those dishes which she had before attended at the dressing.