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proteolysis

[ proh-tee-ol-uh-sis ]
/ ˌproʊ tiˈɒl ə sɪs /
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noun Biochemistry.
the breaking down of proteins into simpler compounds, as in digestion.
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Origin of proteolysis

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
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British Dictionary definitions for proteolysis

proteolysis
/ (ˌprəʊtɪˈɒlɪsɪs) /

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

Derived forms of proteolysis

proteolytic (ˌprəʊtɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for proteolysis

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