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pep·tone  audio  (pptn) KEY 

NOUN:
Any of various water-soluble protein derivatives obtained by partial hydrolysis of a protein by an acid or enzyme during digestion and used in culture media in bacteriology.

ETYMOLOGY:
German Pepton, from Greek peptos, digested, from peptein, to digest; see pekw- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
pep·tonic  (-tnk) KEY (Adjective)


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