proteolysis

[ proh-tee-ol-uh-sis ]

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

Origin of proteolysis

1
1875–80; proteo- (combining form representing protein) + -lysis

Other words from proteolysis

  • pro·te·o·lyt·ic [proh-tee-uh-lit-ik], /ˌproʊ ti əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby proteolysis

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How to use proteolysis in a sentence

  • “Flavor,” Cocalis notes, “is much more dependent on proteolysis, or the breakdown of proteins,” than mere appearance.

    Why We Love Stinky Cheese | Stacey Slate | January 14, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Pepsin-proteolysis, therefore, is strictly the proteolysis produced by pepsin-acid.

    On Digestive Proteolysis | R. H. Chittenden
  • In digestive proteolysis we have a branch of physiological study which of late years has made much progress.

    On Digestive Proteolysis | R. H. Chittenden
  • These two experiments thus give striking proof that free acid is not absolutely essential for pepsin-proteolysis.

    On Digestive Proteolysis | R. H. Chittenden
  • Hence, it might be assumed that these two bases would likewise be formed in trypsin-proteolysis.

    On Digestive Proteolysis | R. H. Chittenden
  • One of our conceptions regarding pepsin-proteolysis is that acid is necessary for every step in the proteolytic process.

    On Digestive Proteolysis | R. H. Chittenden

British Dictionary definitions for proteolysis

proteolysis

/ (ˌprəʊtɪˈɒlɪsɪs) /


noun
  1. the hydrolysis of proteins into simpler compounds by the action of enzymes: occurs esp during digestion

Origin of proteolysis

1
C19: from New Latin, from proteo- (from protein) + -lysis

Derived forms of proteolysis

  • proteolytic (ˌprəʊtɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

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