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juice (jus)

1. The interstitial fluid of a plant or animal. 2. A digestive secretion. [L. jus, broth]
appetite j. gastric j. secreted upon the sight or smell of food and at the time of eating, influenced by the attractiveness of the food and delight in the food ingested; a conditioned reflex.
cancer j. turbid, white to yellow-white or gray-white fluid (chiefly plasma) that may be expressed from certain forms of malignant neoplastic tissue, and is likely to contain neoplastic cells and debris; formed especially in relatively large, degenerating, partly necrotic foci of rapidly growing neoplastic tissue.
gastric j. the digestive fluid secreted by the glands of the stomach; a thin colorless liquid of acid reaction containing primarily hydrochloric acid, chymosin, pepsinogen, and intrinsic factor plus mucus.
intestinal j. an alkaline straw-colored fluid secreted by the intestinal glands; its enzymes (peptidases, saccharases, nucleases, lecithinases, phosphatases, lipases) complete the hydrolysis of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids.
pancreatic j. the external secretion of the pancreas; a clear alkaline fluid containing several enzymes: a-amylase, nucleases, trypsinogen, chymotrypsinogen, and triacylglycerol lipase.


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