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pepsin

[pep-sin] /ˈpɛp sɪn/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
an enzyme, produced in the stomach, that in the presence of hydrochloric acid splits proteins into proteoses and peptones.
2.
a commercial form of this substance, obtained from the stomachs of hogs, used as a digestive, as a ferment in the manufacture of cheese, etc.
Also, pepsine.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Greek péps(is) digestion (pep-, base of péptein to digest + -sis -sis) + -in2
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  • pepsin is an enzyme that breaks down proteins in food.
British Dictionary definitions for pepsin

pepsin

/ˈpɛpsɪn/
noun
1.
a proteolytic enzyme produced in the stomach in the inactive form pepsinogen, which, when activated by acid, splits proteins into peptones
Word Origin
C19: via German from Greek pepsis, from peptein to digest
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pepsin in Medicine

pepsin pep·sin or pep·sine (pěp'sĭn)
n.

  1. Any of various digestive enzymes found in gastric juice that catalyze the hydrolysis of proteins to peptides.

  2. A substance containing pepsin, obtained from the stomachs of hogs and calves and used as a digestive aid.

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pepsin in Science
pepsin
  (pěp'sĭn)   
Any of various digestive enzymes found in vertebrate animals that catalyze the hydrolysis of proteins to peptides.
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