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 enzymeisolated from the latexof papayaand used to treat herniatedlower lumbar discsin the spine.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[chym(e) + papain.]