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a mixture of proteolytic enzymes secreted by the small intestine
Word Origin
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.

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erepsin e·rep·sin (ĭ-rěp'sən)
An enzyme complex found in intestinal and pancreatic juices that functions in the breakdown of polypeptides into amino acids.

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