- 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
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Examples from the Web for peptic
Into this duct the ranks of cells around it pour out the peptic juice.A Handbook of Health
All sin was peptic in origin: Eve ate an apple which disagreed with her.
With him, the peptic bond was the only real one; all others were shams.
We recommend our friends, before encountering such a temptation, to read our peptic precepts.The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual
The most characteristic symptom of the peptic ulcer is, as has been stated, hemorrhage.
- of, relating to, or promoting digestion
- of, relating to, or caused by pepsin or the action of the digestive juices
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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- 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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- Relating to the process of digestion or the secretions associated with it.
- Relating to or involving pepsin.
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