any of several intracellular enzymes that act as catalysts in the breakdown of protein
Origin of cathepsinfrom Classical Greek kathepsein, boil down, soften from kata-, down (see cata-) + hepsein, boil + -in
Any of various enzymes found in animal tissue that catalyze the hydrolysis of proteins into smaller proteins.
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”).