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U.S. patent filed Sept. 23, 1902, by Caleb D. Bradham (1867-1934), pharmacist and drugstore owner of New Bern, N.C., probably from pepsin (1844), name of a fermin in gastric juice, used medicinally for cases of indigestion (see peptic); early Pepsi ads tout it as a digestive aid.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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