Biochemistry. a proteolytic enzyme found in the fruit of the papaya tree, Carica papaya.
Pharmacology. a commercial preparation of this used as a meat tenderizer and in medicine as a digestant.
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How to use papain in a sentence
Several writers claim good results with glycerole of papain, pricking it in in the same manner as in tattooing.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Various chemists have attempted to find papain present and to determine the digestive power of the tablets, but without success.
Its selling point, in the past at least, has been the alleged presence of papain.
British Dictionary definitions for papain
a proteolytic enzyme occurring in the unripe fruit of the papaya tree, Carica papaya: used as a meat tenderizer and in medicine as an aid to protein digestion
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