- a mixture of proteolytic enzymes secreted by the small intestine
C20 er-, from Latin ēripere to snatch (from rapere to seize) + (p) epsin
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Luciferase is destroyed only by pepsin (probably), trypsin, erepsin, and something in spleen and liver extract.The Nature of Animal Light
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- An enzyme complex found in intestinal and pancreatic juices that functions in the breakdown of polypeptides into amino acids.
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