Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or assisting digestion: peptic secretion.
  • adj. Induced by or associated with the action of digestive secretions: a peptic ulcer.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or involving pepsin.
  • adj. Capable of digesting.
  • n. A digestive agent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, capable of, or aiding digestion
  • adj. Of or pertaining to pepsin
  • n. An agent that promotes digestion.
  • n. The digestive organs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to digestion; promoting digestion; digestive.
  • adj. Able to digest.
  • adj. Pertaining to pepsin; resembling pepsin in its power of digesting or dissolving albuminous matter; containing or yielding pepsin, or a body of like properties.
  • n. An agent that promotes digestion.
  • n. The digestive organs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Concerned in or pertaining to the function of digestion; specifically, pertaining to the proteolytic digestion of the stomach: as, peptic processes.
  • Promoting digestion; dietetic: as, peptic substances or rules.
  • Able to digest; having a good digestion; not dyspeptic.
  • n. A peptic substance; a digestive.
  • n. plural The organs of digestion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or promoting digestion

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin pepticus, from Greek peptikos, digested, from peptos, from peptein, to digest; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.

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