pro·​te·​ose ˈprō-tē-ˌōs How to pronounce proteose (audio)
: any of various water-soluble protein derivatives formed by partial hydrolysis of proteins

Word History


proteo- (in proteolysis) + -ose entry 2

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proteose was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Proteose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


pro·​te·​ose ˈprōt-ē-ˌōs How to pronounce proteose (audio)
: any of various protein derivatives that are formed by the partial hydrolysis of proteins (as by enzymes of the gastric and pancreatic juices), that are not coagulated by heat, and that are soluble in water but are precipitated from solution by saturation with ammonium sulfate compare peptone sense 1
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