- 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
Origin of trypsinPerhaps Greek tr&imacron;psis, a rubbing (from its having been first obtained by rubbing a pancreas with glycerin), from tr&imacron;bein, to rub; see ter&schwa;-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.