Pepsin meaning

pĕp'sĭn
A substance containing pepsin, obtained from the stomachs of hogs and calves and used as a digestive aid.
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Any of various digestive enzymes found in vertebrate animals that catalyze the hydrolysis of proteins to peptides.
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(biochemistry) A digestive enzyme that chemically digests, or breaks down, proteins into shorter chains of amino acids.
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A digestive enzyme found in gastric juice that catalyzes the breakdown of protein to peptides.
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A substance containing pepsin, obtained from the stomachs of hogs and calves and used as a digestive aid.
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A digestive enzyme in the gastric juice of stomach secretions that catalyzes the splitting of proteins into smaller, more absorptive peptides.
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An extract of pepsin from the stomachs of calves, pigs, etc., formerly used as a digestive aid.
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A digestive enzyme found in gastric juice that catalyzes the breakdown of protein to peptides.
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Origin of pepsin

  • Greek pepsis digestion (from peptein to digest pekw- in Indo-European roots) –in
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition