- to subject (food) to an artificial, partial digestion by pepsin or pancreatic extract in order to aid digestion.
- to hydrolyze or dissolve by a proteolytic enzyme, as pepsin.
Also especially British, pep·to·nise.
Origin of peptonize
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Examples from the Web for peptonize
Milk thus prepared quickly spoils, and it is necessary to peptonize it in small quantity and often during the twenty-four hours.
Attention to the bowels is of great importance in these cases and it may be necessary to peptonize the milk for some time.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
- (tr) to hydrolyse (a protein) to peptones by enzymic action, esp by pepsin or pancreatic extract
- To convert protein into a soluble peptone by enzymatic action.
- To dissolve food by means of a proteolytic enzyme.
- To combine with peptone.
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