pro·​teo·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌprō-tē-ə-ˈli-tik How to pronounce proteolytic (audio) \

Definition of proteolytic

: of, relating to, or producing proteolysis

Other Words from proteolytic

proteolytically \ ˌprō-​tē-​ə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce proteolytic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of proteolytic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this formula, papain, the proteolytic enzyme sourced from raw papaya, is combined with bromelain, the same type of enzyme found in pineapple. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 Two proteolytic cleavage events release the fusion peptide, forming a membrane bridge between the virus and the cell. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Subsequent studies report three drugs, boceprevir, narlaprevir, and telaprevir, inhibit NSP5 protease proteolytic activity and bind into its active site. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of proteolytic

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proteolytic

proteo- + -lytic

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22 May 2022

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“Proteolytic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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pro·​teo·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌprōt-ē-ə-ˈlit-ik How to pronounce proteolytic (audio) \

Medical Definition of proteolytic

: of, relating to, or producing proteolysis proteolytic enzymes

Other Words from proteolytic

proteolytically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce proteolytic (audio) \ adverb


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