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[pan-kree-uh-tin, pang-]
  1. Biochemistry. a substance containing the pancreatic enzymes, trypsin, amylase, and lipase.
  2. a commercial preparation of this substance, obtained from the pancreas of the hog or ox, and used chiefly as a digestive.
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Origin of pancreatin

First recorded in 1870–75; pancreat- + -in2
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Examples from the Web for pancreatin

Historical Examples of pancreatin

  • Synergia is claimed to be composed of pepsin, pancreatin, veg.

    The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 1 of 2


  • Pancreatin is given for stimulating the digestion of fatty compounds.

  • Even when rendered acid, pancreatin does not lose its power of emulsifying fatty bodies.

  • If the ether be afterwards distilled off from the filtered liquid, the pancreatin will be left as an oily product.

  • The enzyme, pancreatin, is the active ingredient, and may be prepared from the intestines of the pig.


    K. J. Adcock

British Dictionary definitions for pancreatin


  1. the powdered extract of the pancreas of certain animals, such as the pig, used in medicine as an aid to digestion by virtue of the enzymes it contains
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pancreatin in Medicine


(păngkrē-ə-tĭn, păng-krēə-tĭn)
  1. A mixture of pancreatic juice enzymes, such as amylase, lipase, and trypsin, extracted from animals such as cattle or hogs and used as a digestive aid.
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