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[kahy-moh-puh-pey-in, -pahy-in]
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noun Pharmacology.
  1. an enzyme derived from the tropical papaya fruit that is used in some circumstances to treat herniated disks.
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Origin of chymopapain

First recorded in 1970–75; chyme + -o- + papain
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chymopapain in Medicine


(kī′mō-pə-pāĭn, -pīĭn)
  1. A proteolytic enzyme obtained from the fruit of a tropical tree resembling papain; it is used in the treatment of herniated intervertebral disks.
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