- a proteolytic enzyme of the pancreatic juice, capable of converting proteins into peptone.
Origin of trypsin
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Examples from the Web for tryptic
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
Tryptic: acting like tripsin, the proteolytic ferment of the pancreatic fluid.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
In direct tests, however, practically no tryptic activity was demonstrated.
The preparation was found to be practically inert—essentially a weak saccharated pepsin, devoid of tryptic activity.
A demonstration of tryptic activity in a mixture containing both pepsin and pancreatin is of merely theoretical interest.
- an enzyme occurring in pancreatic juice: it catalyses the hydrolysis of proteins to peptides and is secreted from the pancreas in the form of trypsinogenSee also chymotrypsin
C19 tryp-, from Greek tripsis a rubbing, from tribein to rub + -in; referring to the fact that it was originally produced by rubbing the pancreas with glycerine
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Word Origin and History for tryptic
chief digestive enzyme of pancreatic juice, 1876, apparently from Greek tripsis "rubbing" + chemical suffix -in (2). Said to be so called because it first was obtained by rubbing the pancreas with glycerin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to or resulting from trypsin.
- An enzyme of pancreatic juice that hydrolyzes proteins into smaller polypeptide units.
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- An enzyme that aids digestion by breaking down proteins. It is produced by the pancreas and secreted into the small intestine, where it catalyzes the cleavage of peptide bonds connecting arginine or lysine to other amino acids.
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