[ kahy-moh-trip-sin ]

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

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Origin of chymotrypsin

First recorded in 1930–35; chyme + -o- + trypsin

Other words from chymotrypsin

  • chy·mo·tryp·tic [kahy-moh-trip-tik], /ˌkaɪ moʊˌtrɪp tɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for chymotrypsin


/ (ˌkaɪməʊˈtrɪpsɪn) /

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

Origin of chymotrypsin

C20: from chyme + trypsin

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