pep·sin also pep·sine (pĕpsĭn)
1. A digestive enzyme found in gastric juice that catalyzes the breakdown of protein to peptides.
2. A substance containing pepsin, obtained from the stomachs of hogs and calves and used as a digestive aid.
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