- a proteolytic enzyme in the pancreatic juice that hydrolyzes proteins to smaller polypeptides
- any of several similar enzymes
Origin of trypsinGer, probably from Classical Greek tryein, to wear away (see trite) + German (pe)psin: see pepsin
A pancreatic enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins to form smaller polypeptide units.
Origin of trypsinPerhaps Greek trīpsis a rubbing (from its having been first obtained by rubbing a pancreas with glycerin) from trībein to rub ; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots. -in
(countable and uncountable, plural trypsins)
- A digestive enzyme that cleaves peptide bonds (a serine protease).
From Greek Ï„ÏÎ¯ÏˆÎ¹Î¼Î¿ (trÃpsimo, “rubbing") + in.