a. Of, relating to, or assisting digestion: peptic secretion.
b. Induced by or associated with the action of digestive secretions: a peptic ulcer.
2. Of, relating to, or involving pepsin.
3. Capable of digesting.
A digestive agent.
[Latin pepticus, from Greek peptikos, digested, from peptos, from peptein, to digest; see pekw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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