We have studied gastric emptying of a solid, realistic meal (800 cal, 15% protein, 45% fat, 40% carbohydrate) in 21 healthy subjects twice, with and without a four-day pretreatment with 40 mg omeprazole. The last dose of the drug was taken 24 hr before the test, to avoid hypothetical nonsecretory side effects of the drug . Gastric emptying was measured by ultrasound of antral diameters. The results show that basal and maximal postprandial antral cross-sectional areas were the same during the two tests. A greater residual distention of the antrum was present throughout the study after the omeprazole treatment, the difference being significant at time 120 and 240. Omeprazole induced a highly significant delay in gastric emptying [control 199.6 (12.6) vs omeprazole 230.9 (12.7) min, mean (1 SEM); P<0.003]. The delay was not due to a prolonged lag phase, but rather to an effect on the slope of the emptying curve. This study shows that in normal subjects omeprazole delays gastric emptying of a digestible solid meal.