- the breaking down of proteins into simpler compounds, as in digestion.
Origin of proteolysis
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This ferment, called by them galactase, on account of its origin in milk, is a proteolytic enzym of the tryptic type.Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition
H. L. Russell
In the early history of physiology there was, quite naturally, little or no thought given to the nature of proteolytic changes.
Antipeptone, on the other hand, is incapable of further change by the proteolytic ferment trypsin.
One of our conceptions regarding pepsin-proteolysis is that acid is necessary for every step in the proteolytic process.
This fact affords additional evidence of the profound changes set in motion by this proteolytic enzyme.
- the hydrolysis of proteins into simpler compounds by the action of enzymes: occurs esp during digestion
C19: from New Latin, from proteo- (from protein) + -lysis
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- Relating to, characterized by, or promoting proteolysis.
- The hydrolytic breakdown of proteins into simpler, soluble substances, as occurs in digestion.
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