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erepsin

/ (ɪˈrɛpsɪn) /
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noun

a mixture of proteolytic enzymes secreted by the small intestine

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C20 er-, from Latin ēripere to snatch (from rapere to seize) + (p) epsin
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  • They do not poison normally because they are split by the intestinal erepsin to amino-acids and absorbed as such.

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  • Luciferase is destroyed only by pepsin (probably), trypsin, erepsin, and something in spleen and liver extract.

Medical definitions for erepsin

erepsin
[ ĭ-rĕpsən ]

n.

An enzyme complex found in intestinal and pancreatic juices that functions in the breakdown of polypeptides into amino acids.
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