proteolysis

[proh-tee-ol-uh-sis]
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noun Biochemistry.

the breaking down of proteins into simpler compounds, as in digestion.

Origin of proteolysis

1875–80; proteo- (combining form representing protein) + -lysis
Related formspro·te·o·lyt·ic [proh-tee-uh-lit-ik] /ˌproʊ ti əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for proteolysis

proteolysis

noun

the hydrolysis of proteins into simpler compounds by the action of enzymes: occurs esp during digestion
Derived Formsproteolytic (ˌprəʊtɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for proteolysis

C19: from New Latin, from proteo- (from protein) + -lysis
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Medicine definitions for proteolysis

proteolysis

[prō′tē-ŏlĭ-sĭs]

n.

The hydrolytic breakdown of proteins into simpler, soluble substances, as occurs in digestion.
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