proteolysis

noun

pro·​te·​ol·​y·​sis ˌprō-tē-ˈä-lə-səs How to pronounce proteolysis (audio)
: the hydrolysis of proteins or peptides with formation of simpler and soluble products

Examples of proteolysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Real meats contain glutamate as it is found in proteins, and it is released during proteolysis that occurs during meat aging and cooking [4]. Catherine Hu, Discover Magazine, 12 May 2015 The three primary reactions that define cheese ripening are glycolysis, proteolysis, and lipolysis. Ashton Yoon, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2017 Using proton pumps and acid phosphatases, the parasite is able to resist degradation by proteolysis, further ensuring its survival within the macrophage. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 4 Nov. 2011 This action of protein breakdown (proteolysis) determines the structure and sensory properties of Parmigiano Reggiano and its high digestibility. John Mariani, Forbes, 13 May 2021

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Word History

Etymology

proteo- + -lysis

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proteolysis was in 1880

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“Proteolysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proteolysis. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

proteolysis

noun
pro·​te·​ol·​y·​sis ˌprōt-ē-ˈäl-ə-səs How to pronounce proteolysis (audio)
plural proteolyses -ˌsēz How to pronounce proteolysis (audio)
: the hydrolysis of proteins or peptides with formation of simpler and soluble products (as in digestion)

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