Cathepsin Definition

kə-thĕpsĭn
noun
Any of several intracellular enzymes that act as catalysts in the breakdown of protein.
Webster's New World

(biochemistry) Any of a family of proteases primarily active within lysosomes.

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Other Word Forms of Cathepsin

Noun

Singular:
cathepsin
Plural:
cathepsins

Origin of Cathepsin

  • German Kathepsin from Greek kathepsein to digest kat-, kata- cata- hepsein to boil

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the German Kathepsin, derived from Ancient Greek καθέψω (kathépsō, “boil down”).

    From Wiktionary

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