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.
Origin of pepsin
< Greek péps(is
) digestion (pep-,
base of péptein
to digest + -sis -sis
) + -in2
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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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Word Origin and History for pepsin
also pepsine, fermin in gastric juice, used medicinally for cases of indigestion, 1844, coined in German (Theodor Schwann, 1835) from Greek pepsis "digestion," from stem pep- (see peptic) + -in (2).
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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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Any of various digestive enzymes found in vertebrate animals that catalyze the hydrolysis of proteins to peptides.
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