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[trip-sin] /ˈtrɪp sɪn/
noun, Biochemistry.
a proteolytic enzyme of the pancreatic juice, capable of converting proteins into peptone.
Origin of trypsin
1875-80; irregular < Greek trîps(is) friction (trī́b(ein) to rub + -sis -sis) + -in2; so called because first obtained by rubbing the pancreas
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[trip-tik] /ˈtrɪp tɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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an enzyme occurring in pancreatic juice: it catalyses the hydrolysis of proteins to peptides and is secreted from the pancreas in the form of trypsinogen See also chymotrypsin
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tryptic (ˈtrɪptɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19 tryp-, from Greek tripsis a rubbing, from tribein to rub + -in; referring to the fact that it was originally produced by rubbing the pancreas with glycerine
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Word Origin and History for tryptic

1888, from trypsin + -ic (cf. pepsin/peptic).



chief digestive enzyme of pancreatic juice, 1876, apparently from Greek tripsis "rubbing" + chemical suffix -in (2). Said to be so called because it first was obtained by rubbing the pancreas with glycerin.

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tryptic in Medicine

tryptic tryp·tic (trĭp'tĭk)
Relating to or resulting from trypsin.

trypsin tryp·sin (trĭp'sĭn)
An enzyme of pancreatic juice that hydrolyzes proteins into smaller polypeptide units.

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tryptic in Science
An enzyme that aids digestion by breaking down proteins. It is produced by the pancreas and secreted into the small intestine, where it catalyzes the cleavage of peptide bonds connecting arginine or lysine to other amino acids.
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