- to subject (food) to an artificial, partial digestion by pepsin or pancreatic extract in order to aid digestion.
- to hydrolyze or dissolve by a proteolytic enzyme, as pepsin.
Also especially British, pep·to·nise.
Origin of peptonize
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The peptonization should not be carried beyond a slightly bitter taste.
Take, for example, the single question of peptonization by gastric digestion.On Digestive Proteolysis
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- (tr) to hydrolyse (a protein) to peptones by enzymic action, esp by pepsin or pancreatic extract
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- To convert protein into a soluble peptone by enzymatic action.
- To dissolve food by means of a proteolytic enzyme.
- To combine with peptone.
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