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papain

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n papain a proteolytic enzyme obtained from the unripe papaya; used as a meat tenderizer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Papain (Physiol. Chem) A proteolytic ferment, like trypsin, present in the juice of the green fruit of the papaw (Carica Papaya) of tropical America.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n papain A proteolytic ferment obtained from the half-ripe fruit of the papaw-tree, Carica papaya. It differs from pepsin in that its proteolytic action goes on in neutral or alkaline solutions as well as in acid solutions. Also papayin, papayotin, and caricin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Papain pä′pa-in a nitrogenous body, isolated from the juice of the papaw, one of the digestive ferments applied in some cases of dyspepsia, either internally or for the predigestion of food.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Papaw

Usage

In literature:

Several writers claim good results with glycerole of papain, pricking it in in the same manner as in tattooing.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
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In news:

The papaya is the fruit of the large Carica Papaya herb that, along with its enzyme called papain, are used in many skin care and repair products.
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