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When the stomach fails to empty itself within a reasonable time after the taking of food, this condition is termed food stagnation. It differs in degree, depending, in part, on the character of the food taken, still more on the morbid state giving rise to the condition. Semi-liquid or pultaceous food should leave the stomach in four or five hours, and if it is retained longer there is a certain degree of stagnation. An ordinary meal composed of a variety of foods is the proper test for fooddoi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510190025001f fatcat:njkkabqf5vbn7gpyhzcyaoozfi