any of several intracellular enzymes that act as catalysts in the breakdown of protein
Origin of cathepsin; from Classical Greek kathepsein, boil down, soften ; from kata-, down (see cata-) + hepsein, boil + -in
Any of various proteolytic enzymes found in animal tissue that catalyze the hydrolysis of proteins into polypeptides.
Origin of cathepsinGerman Kathepsin, from Greek kathepsein, to digest : kat-, kata-, cata- + hepsein, to boil.
From the German Kathepsin, derived from Ancient Greek καθέψω (kathépsō, “boil down”).