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chymotrypsin

[kahy-moh-trip-sin]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. a proteolytic enzyme, found in pancreatic juice, that catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins into polypeptides and amino acids.

Origin of chymotrypsin

First recorded in 1930–35; chyme + -o- + trypsin
Related formschy·mo·tryp·tic [kahy-moh-trip-tik] /ˌkaɪ moʊˌtrɪp tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chymotrypsin

chymotrypsin

noun
  1. a powerful proteolytic enzyme secreted from the pancreas in the form of chymotrypsinogen, being converted to the active form by trypsin

Word Origin

C20: from chyme + trypsin
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chymotrypsin in Medicine

chymotrypsin

(kī′mə-trĭpsĭn)
n.
  1. A pancreatic digestive enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of certain proteins in the small intestine into polypeptides and amino acids.
Related formschy′mo•tryptic (-tĭk) adj.
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