[ pep-sin-uh-juh n, -jen ]
/ pɛpˈsɪn ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /

noun Biochemistry.

crystals, occurring in the gastric glands, that during digestion are converted into pepsin.

Origin of pepsinogen

First recorded in 1875–80; pepsin + -o- + -gen

Related forms

pep·si·no·gen·ic [pep-suh-noh-jen-ik] /ˌpɛp sə noʊˈdʒɛn ɪk/, pep·si·nog·e·nous [pep-suh-noj-uh-nuh s] /ˌpɛp səˈnɒdʒ ə nəs/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pepsinogen


/ (pɛpˈsɪnədʒən) /


the inactive precursor of pepsin produced by the stomach

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Medicine definitions for pepsinogen


[ pĕp-sĭnə-jən ]


The inactive precursor to pepsin, formed in the chief cells of the mucous membrane of the stomach and converted to pepsin by hydrochloric acid during digestion.propepsin

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