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bromelain

[ broh-muh-luhn, -leyn ]
/ ˈbroʊ mə lən, -ˌleɪn /
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noun Biochemistry.
an enzyme, found in pineapple, that breaks down protein and is used as a meat tenderizer.
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Origin of bromelain

1890–95; apparently bromel(in) an earlier name for the enzyme (Bromel(ia) a genus that formerly included the pineapple (see bromeliad) + -in2) + (pap)ain
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