Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A proteolytic enzyme that is obtained from unripe papaya fruits and is similar to papain. It was formerly used in the United States to treat herniated intervertebral disks.

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  • noun A proteolytic enzyme isolated from the latex of papaya and used to treat herniated lower lumbar discs in the spine.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[chym(e) + papain.]

Examples

  • Papayas contain the protein-digesting enzymes papain and chymopapain.

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