gastric canalmedical dictionary

<anatomy> Furrow formed temporarily between longitudinal rugae of the gastric mucosa along the lesser curvature during swallowing; observed radiographically and endoscopically, it is formed because of the firm attachment of the gastric mucosa to the muscular layer, which is devoid of an oblique layer at this site; said to form a passageway favoured by saliva and small quantities of masticated food and other fluids as they flow from cardia to gastroduodenal junction.

Synonyms: canalis gastricus, canalis gastrici, magenstrasse.

(05 Mar 2000)