Papain meaning

pə-pā'ĭn, -pī'ĭn
An enzyme obtained from the unripe fruit of the papaya that catalyzes the lysis of proteins, used especially as a meat tenderizer and digestive aid and formerly in medicine as a topical treatment for wounds.
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A protein-splitting enzyme from the juice of unripe papaya, used as a digestive aid, as a meat tenderizer, in pharmacy, etc.
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An enzyme obtained from the unripe fruit of the papaya that catalyzes the lysis of proteins, used especially as a meat tenderizer and digestive aid and formerly in medicine as a topical treatment for wounds.
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(biochemistry) A proteolytic enzyme in papaya fruit.
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Origin of papain

  • papa(ya) –in
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Circa 19th century, from papaya +"Ž -in.
    From Wiktionary