The satiety effect of intraperitoneal injections of the synthetic tetradecapeptide bombesin (BBS) was examined in rats equipped with chronic gastric cannulas. BBS produced potent, dose-related suppressions of both sham feeding (on days when gastric cannulas were open) and feeding (on days when gastric cannulas were closed). BBS not only suppressed sham feeding, but also elicited the behavioral sequence characteristic of normal satiety. The results demonstrate the potency of BBS in eliciting behavioral satiety under conditions in which gastric, intestinal and postabsorptive mechanisms are minimally activated by ingested food. These findings are consistent with previous reports suggesting a role for BBS in satiety.