bro·​me·​lain | \ ˈbrō-mə-lən How to pronounce bromelain (audio) , -ˌlān \
variants: or less commonly bromelin \ ˈbrō-​mə-​lən How to pronounce bromelain (audio) , brō-​ˈmē-​ \

Definition of bromelain

: a protease obtained especially from the pineapple

Examples of bromelain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this formula, papain, the proteolytic enzyme sourced from raw papaya, is combined with bromelain, the same type of enzyme found in pineapple. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 By breaking down dead skin cells, bacteria, and excess oil build-up, papain and bromelain help to clear the skin of congestion and improve texture and tone. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 Hartman agrees that both patients and doctors should jump on any swelling and bruising as soon as possible with a combo of ice packs, arnica, vitamin K, or bromelain. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 14 Apr. 2021 This tangy sweet treat is safe for dogs and, according to the AKC, pineapple even contains the enzyme bromelain, which can help dogs process proteins. Katherine Owen, Southern Living, 27 Feb. 2021 The vitamin C and bromelain in pineapples have also shown to decrease pain and swelling in patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Katy Severson,, 26 Feb. 2021 Some aesthetic doctors recommend eating fresh pineapple or taking homeopathic bromelain supplements in the days before and after cosmetic injections to minimize bruising and swelling. Allure, 17 Aug. 2018 Baldini decided to test bromelain on collagen, which is in gelatin. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, 3 Apr. 2018 There isn’t much valid scientific evidence to support L-lysine and bromelain’s flu-busting abilities, Dr. Adalja says. Korin Miller, SELF, 20 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of bromelain

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bromelain

bromelain by alteration of bromelin, from New Latin Bromelia

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variants: also bromelin \ ˈbrō-​mə-​lən How to pronounce bromelain (audio) \

Medical Definition of bromelain

: a protease obtained from the juice of the pineapple


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