[ kuh-thep-sin ]
/ kəˈθɛp sɪn /
any of a class of intracellular proteolytic enzymes, occurring in animal tissue, especially the liver, spleen, kidneys, and intestine, that catalyze autolysis in certain pathological conditions and after death.
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OTHER WORDS FROM cathepsinca·thep·tic [kuh-thep-tik], /kəˈθɛp tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cathepsin
/ (kəˈθɛpsɪn) /
a proteolytic enzyme responsible for the autolysis of cells after death
Word Origin for cathepsin
C20: from Greek kathepsein to boil down, soften
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