pertaining to or associated with digestion; digestive.
promoting digestion.
of or relating to pepsin.


a substance promoting digestion.

Origin of peptic

1645–55; < Greek peptikós conducive to digestion, equivalent to pept(ós) digested (verbid of péptein) + -ikos -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peptic



of, relating to, or promoting digestion
of, relating to, or caused by pepsin or the action of the digestive juices

Word Origin for peptic

C17: from Greek peptikos capable of digesting, from pepsis digestion, from peptein to digest
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Word Origin and History for peptic

1650s, from Latin pepticus, from Greek peptikos "able to digest," from peptos "cooked, digested," verbal adjective of peptein "to cook" (see cook (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for peptic




Relating to or assisting digestion.
Associated with the action of digestive secretions.
Of or involving pepsin.
Capable of digesting.


A digestive agent.
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Science definitions for peptic



Relating to the process of digestion or the secretions associated with it.
Relating to or involving pepsin.
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