[ kahy-moh-trip-sin ]
/ ˌkaɪ moʊˈtrɪp sɪn /

noun Biochemistry.

a proteolytic enzyme, found in pancreatic juice, that catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins into polypeptides and amino acids.

Origin of chymotrypsin

First recorded in 1930–35; chyme + -o- + trypsin
Related formschy·mo·tryp·tic [kahy-moh-trip-tik] /ˌkaɪ moʊˌtrɪp tɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chymotrypsin


/ (ˌkaɪməʊˈtrɪpsɪn) /


a powerful proteolytic enzyme secreted from the pancreas in the form of chymotrypsinogen, being converted to the active form by trypsin

Word Origin for chymotrypsin

C20: from chyme + trypsin
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Medicine definitions for chymotrypsin


[ kī′mə-trĭpsĭn ]


A pancreatic digestive enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of certain proteins in the small intestine into polypeptides and amino acids.
Related formschy′mo•tryptic (-tĭk) adj.
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