: 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)
Examples of papain in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebAnd the smaller events, in many cases, produced genes associated with being carnivorous — like the ones that make papain, an enzyme in meat tenderizer.
Joanna Klein, New York Times, 19 May 2017
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pa·pa·in|\ pə-ˈpā-ən, -ˈpī-\
Medical Definition of papain
: 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