cathepsin

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noun ca·thep·sin \kə-ˈthep-sən\

Definition of cathepsin

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

Origin and Etymology of cathepsin

Greek kathepsein to digest (from kata- cata- + hepsein to boil) + English 2-in


Medical Dictionary

cathepsin

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noun ca·thep·sin \kə-ˈthep-sən\

Medical Definition of cathepsin

  1. :  any of a class of proteases present in most animal tissues (as in kidney, liver, and spleen) that catalyze the hydrolysis of proteins to polypeptides Cathepsins are lysosomal proteases that cleave their substrates with relatively low specificity.—Arthur M. Krieg et al., Science, 1 Feb. 2008 Recent investigations by several research groups, working with organisms as diverse as worms and monkeys, implicate cathepsins flooding the cytoplasm as a major cause of necrotic cell death.—Nektarios Tavernarakis, New Scientist, 15 Feb. 2003

catheptic

\-tik\ play adjective catheptic enzymes catheptic activity

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