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pepsin

or pep·sine

[ pep-sin ]
/ ˈpɛp sɪn /
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noun Biochemistry.
an enzyme, produced in the stomach, that in the presence of hydrochloric acid splits proteins into proteoses and peptones.
a commercial form of this substance, obtained from the stomachs of hogs, used as a digestive, as a ferment in the manufacture of cheese, etc.
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Origin of pepsin

1835–45; <Greek péps(is) digestion (pep-, base of péptein to digest + -sis-sis) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for pepsin

pepsin

pepsine

/ (ˈpɛpsɪn) /

noun
a proteolytic enzyme produced in the stomach in the inactive form pepsinogen, which, when activated by acid, splits proteins into peptones

Word Origin for pepsin

C19: via German from Greek pepsis, from peptein to digest
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Medical definitions for pepsin

pepsin

n.
Any of various digestive enzymes found in gastric juice that catalyze the hydrolysis of proteins to peptides.
A substance containing pepsin, obtained from the stomachs of hogs and calves and used as a digestive aid.
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Scientific definitions for pepsin

pepsin
[ pĕpsĭn ]

Any of various digestive enzymes found in vertebrate animals that catalyze the hydrolysis of proteins to peptides.
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