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When he reached his 60s, his stomach stopped secreting enough pepsin and had trouble extracting vitamin B12 from food.
  an enzyme made in the stomach that breaks down proteins into smaller amino acid chains
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  • When he reached his 60s, his stomach stopped secreting enough pepsin and had trouble extracting vitamin B12 from food.
  • They had curled-hair works for the cattle tails, and a "wool pullery" for the sheepskins; they made pepsin from the stomachs of the pigs, and albumen from the blood, and violin strings from the ill-smelling entrails.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • "But, Mme. Octave, it is not time for your pepsin," Francoise would begin.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • When Francoise, having seen that my parents had everything they required, first went upstairs again to give my aunt her pepsin and to find out from her what she would take for luncheon, very few mornings pased but she was called upon to give an opinion, or to furnish an explanation, in regard to some important event.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way

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  • At one side of her bed stood a big yellow chest-of-drawers of lemon-wood, and a table which served at once as pharmacy and as high altar, on which, beneath a statue of Our Lady and a bottle of Vichy-Celestins, might be found her service-books and her medical prescriptions, everything that she needed for the performance, in bed, of her duties to soul and body, to keep the proper times for pepsin and for vespers.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • …with gilt clasps, out of which in her haste she let fall a shower of the little pictures, each in a lace fringe of yellowish paper, which she used to mark the places of the greater feasts of the church, my aunt, while she swallowed her drops, began at full speed to mutter the words of the sacred text, its meaning being slightly clouded in her brain by the uncertainty whether the pepsin, when taken so long after the Vichy, would still be able to overtake it and to ’send it down.’
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • "But vespers will have begun already, and I’ve forgotten my pepsin!
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
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Associated words [difficulty]:   pepsin , pancreas [6] , gallbladder [7] , gastrointestinal tract [9]
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