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U.S. patent filed Sept. 23, 1902, by Caleb D. Bradham (1867-1934), pharmacist and drugstore owner of New Bern, N.C., probably from pepsin; early Pepsi ads tout it as a digestive aid.


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  • Pepsin a

    pepsin A n. The principal digestive enzyme of gastric juice that is formed from pepsinogen and catalyzes the hydrolysis of peptide bonds to form proteoses and peptones.

  • Pepsinate

    [pep-suh-neyt] /ˈpɛp səˌneɪt/ verb (used with object), pepsinated, pepsinating. 1. to treat, prepare, or mix with . /ˈpɛpsɪˌneɪt/ verb (transitive) 1. to treat (a patient) with pepsin 2. to mix or infuse (something) with pepsin

  • Pepsinogen

    [pep-sin-uh-juh n, -jen] /pɛpˈsɪn ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn/ noun, Biochemistry. 1. crystals, occurring in the gastric glands, that during digestion are converted into . /pɛpˈsɪnədʒən/ noun 1. the inactive precursor of pepsin produced by the stomach pepsinogen pep·sin·o·gen (pěp-sĭn’ə-jən) n. The inactive precursor to pepsin, formed in the chief cells of the mucous membrane of the […]

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