[ kahy-moh-puh-pey-in, -pahy-in ]
/ ˌkaɪ moʊ pəˈpeɪ ɪn, -ˈpaɪ ɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

an enzyme derived from the tropical papaya fruit that is used in some circumstances to treat herniated disks.

Origin of chymopapain

First recorded in 1970–75; chyme + -o- + papain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for chymopapain


[ kī′mō-pə-pāĭn, -pīĭn ]


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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