[broh-muh-luh n, -leyn]
Compare papain.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

bromelain in Medicine


  1. A peptide hydrolase obtained from pineapple used in treating inflammation and edema of soft tissues associated with traumatic injury.
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