- a proteolytic enzyme in the pancreatic juice that hydrolyzes proteins to smaller polypeptides
- any of several similar enzymes
Origin of trypsinGerman 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 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 τρίψιμο (trípsimo, “rubbing”) + in.