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

Definition of bromelain

: a protease obtained especially from the pineapple

Examples of bromelain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Baldini decided to test bromelain on collagen, which is in gelatin. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Saint Timothy Middle School Students Excel At Connecticut Science Fair," 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, "We Asked Infectious Disease Experts to Rank 5 Flu-Prevention Products," 20 Mar. 2018 The gentle exfoliator uses papaya and bromelain (found in pineapple) extracts to speed up cell turnover and remove impurities as your rub (a dub) the gel across your skin. Melanie Rud Chadwick, Allure, "26 Amazing Beauty Products to Try in 2018," 19 Dec. 2017

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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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The first known use of bromelain was in 1894

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“Bromelain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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

Medical Definition of bromelain

: a protease obtained from the juice of the pineapple

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