- 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.
Origin of cathepsin
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- a proteolytic enzyme responsible for the autolysis of cells after death
C20: from Greek kathepsein to boil down, soften
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