papain

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noun pa·pa·in \pə-ˈpā-ən, -ˈpī-ən\

Definition of papain

  1. :  a protease in the juice of unripe papaya that is used especially as a tenderizer for meat and in medicine (as in the topical debridement of necrotic tissue)

Origin and Etymology of papain

International Scientific Vocabulary, from papaya


First Known Use: 1880


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papain

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noun pa·pa·in \pə-ˈpā-ən, -ˈpī-\

Medical Definition of papain

  1. :  a crystallizable protease in the juice of the green fruit of the papaya obtained usually as a brownish powder and used chiefly as a tenderizer for meat and in medicine as a digestant and as a topical agent in the debridement of necrotic tissue


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