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[pep-tik] /ˈpɛp tɪk/
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for peptic
  • Though many of the infected show no symptoms, others develop peptic ulcer disease or one of several types of cancer.
  • H pylori has been linked to the development of peptic ulcers and gastric cancer in adults after their third decade.
  • The operation became the standard treatment for peptic ulcers for the next twenty-five years.
  • He suffers from a peptic ulcer and also from chronic inflammation of the kidneys.
  • It was approved for treatment of peptic ulcers, but doctors used it to induce labor.
  • In the past, it was common practice to tell people with peptic ulcers to consume small, frequent amounts of bland foods.
  • Deciding which treatment is best for patients with symptoms of dyspepsia or peptic ulcer disease depends on a number of factors.
  • It is now known to be a major cause of peptic ulcers.
  • People with peptic ulcers should avoid citrate supplements, or discuss using non-tablet forms with their doctor.
  • No one with a peptic ulcer should take theophylline.
British Dictionary definitions for peptic


of, relating to, or promoting digestion
of, relating to, or caused by pepsin or the action of the digestive juices
Word Origin
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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peptic in Medicine

peptic pep·tic (pěp'tĭk)

  1. Relating to or assisting digestion.

  2. Associated with the action of digestive secretions.

  3. Of or involving pepsin.

  4. Capable of digesting.

A digestive agent.
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peptic in Science
  1. Relating to the process of digestion or the secretions associated with it.

  2. Relating to or involving pepsin.

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