fi·​cin | \ ˈfī-sᵊn How to pronounce ficin (audio) \

Definition of ficin

: a protease obtained from the latex of fig trees and used as an anthelmintic and protein digestive

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Recent Examples on the Web Cells in the plant produce latex sap that contains ficin., "This week's gardening tips: Keep debris out of storm drains, plant fall tomato plants," 12 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ficin

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ficin

Latin ficus fig

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“Ficin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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fi·​cin | \ ˈfīs-ᵊn How to pronounce ficin (audio) \

Medical Definition of ficin

: a protease that is obtained from the latex of fig trees and is used as an anthelmintic and protein digestive

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