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[pep-tuh-nahyz] /ˈpɛp təˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), peptonized, peptonizing.
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, peptonise.
Origin of peptonize
1875-80; peptone + -ize
Related forms
peptonization, noun
peptonizer, noun Unabridged
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(transitive) to hydrolyse (a protein) to peptones by enzymic action, esp by pepsin or pancreatic extract
Derived Forms
peptonization, peptonisation, noun
peptonizer, peptoniser, noun
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peptonization in Medicine

peptonize pep·to·nize (pěp'tə-nīz')
v. pep·to·nized, pep·to·niz·ing, pep·to·niz·es

  1. To convert protein into a soluble peptone by enzymatic action.

  2. To dissolve food by means of a proteolytic enzyme.

  3. To combine with peptone.

pep'to·ni·za'tion (-nĭ-zā'shən) n.
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