cathepsin


ca·thep·sin

noun \kə-ˈthep-sən\

Definition of CATHEPSIN

:  any of several intracellular proteases of animal tissue that aid in autolysis

Origin of CATHEPSIN

Greek kathepsein to digest (from kata- cata- + hepsein to boil) + English 2-in
First Known Use: 1929

ca·thep·sin

noun \kə-ˈthep-sən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CATHEPSIN

: any of several intracellular proteases of animal tissue that aid in autolysis in some diseased conditions and after death

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