from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pancreatic enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins to form smaller polypeptide units.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A digestive enzyme that cleaves peptide bonds (a serine protease).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A proteolytic enzyme present in the pancreatic juice. Unlike the pepsin of the gastric juice, it acts in a neutral or alkaline fluid, and not only converts the albuminous matter of the food into soluble peptones, but also, in part, into leucin and tyrosin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The proteolytic ferment which is the active principle of the pancreatic fluid; pancreatine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an enzyme of pancreatic origin; catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins to smaller polypeptide units
Perhaps Greek trīpsis, a rubbing (from its having been first obtained by rubbing a pancreas with glycerin), from trībein, to rub; + -in.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greek τρίψιμο ("rubbing") + in. (Wiktionary)