Acrylamide hydrogels, containing different amounts and types of crosslinkers, were synthesized via gamma-irradiation technique. Their swellings in simulated body fluids, such as physiological saline (0.89% NaCl) isoosmotic phosphate buffer at pH 7.4, gastric fluid at pH 1.1 (glycine-HCl), protein (aqueous solution of bovine serum albumin), urine (aqueous solution of urea), glucose and distilled water, were studied. Equilibrium swellings of the hydrogels were changed in the range 27-85 depending upon the fluids, type and amount of crosslinkers. The diffusion exponents were found over half for all hydrogels. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.