an enzyme mixture once thought to be one enzyme, secreted by the small intestine and involved in the breaking down of proteins into their component amino acids
Origin of erepsinGerman from Classical Latin ereptus, past participle of eripere, to snatch away ( from e-, out + rapere, to snatch: see rape) + German pepsin, pepsin
A mixture of enzymes present in intestinal juices that functions in the breakdown of polypeptides.
Origin of erepsinLatin ēripere to snatch away ( ē-, ex- ex- ) ( rapere to seize ; see rep- in Indo-European roots.) (p)epsin