[ pep-tik ]
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  1. pertaining to or associated with digestion; digestive.

  2. promoting digestion.

  1. of or relating to pepsin.

  1. a substance promoting digestion.

Origin of peptic

1645–55; <Greek peptikós conducive to digestion, equivalent to pept(ós) digested (verbid of péptein) + -ikos-ic

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British Dictionary definitions for peptic


/ (ˈpɛptɪk) /

  1. of, relating to, or promoting digestion

  2. of, relating to, or caused by pepsin or the action of the digestive juices

Origin of peptic

C17: from Greek peptikos capable of digesting, from pepsis digestion, from peptein to digest

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Scientific definitions for peptic


[ pĕptĭk ]

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

  2. Relating to or involving pepsin.

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