bro·​me·​lain ˈbrō-mə-lən How to pronounce bromelain (audio)
variants or less commonly bromelin
ˈbrō-mə-lən How to pronounce bromelain (audio)
: a protease obtained especially from the pineapple

Examples of bromelain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bromelain will then provide its own relief from pain and inflammation, while providing various other benefits to your gut, heart, and lungs, and improving both the absorption and efficacy of all of the other ingredients in the supplement. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 Bananas also contain bromelain, an enzyme known to increase testosterone levels naturally. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2023 Additionally, most research has focused on the effects of bromelain after wisdom tooth surgery, not before it. Korin Miller, Health, 11 Aug. 2023 Pineapple Juice and Reducing Swelling Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory. Korin Miller, Health, 11 Aug. 2023 Specifically formulated to help relieve itchy skin caused by allergies, this supplement contains natural ingredients such as quercetin and bromelain, which work together to reduce inflammation and soothe irritated skin. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 July 2023 Some people may think that the bromelain in pineapple can help with bloating, but it's only been shown to possibly assist with the type of swelling that stems from inflammation (so something like an injury, not water retention). Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, 31 July 2023 These include omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and natural antihistamines such as quercetin or bromelain. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2023 The pineapple in this recipe is heated to help neutralize bromelain, which is an enzyme present in pineapple that can react with the dairy in cream causing a bitter taste. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 12 July 2023

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Word History


bromelain by alteration of bromelin, from New Latin Bromelia

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bromelain was in 1894

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Cite this Entry

“Bromelain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants also bromelin
: a protease obtained from the juice of the pineapple
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