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any of a group of proteolytic enzymes that catalyze the cleavage of specific bonds in proteins. Different forms are derived from the fruit (fruit b.) and stem (stem b.) of the pineapple plant, Ananas comosus. As the concentrate bromelains, it is used as an antiinflammatory agent.
bro·me·lain, bromelin (brō'mĕ-lān, -lin),
One of a group of peptide hydrolases, all thiol proteinases, obtained from pineapple stems and fruit; used in tenderizing meats and in producing hydrolysates of proteins; orally administered in the treatment of inflammation and edema of soft tissues associated with traumatic injury.
bromelain/bro·me·lain/ (bro´mĕ-lān) any of several endopeptidases that catalyze the cleavage of specific bonds in proteins. Different forms are derived from the fruit (fruit b.) and stem (stem b.) of the pineapple plant, Ananas comosus. As the concentrate bromelains, it is used as an antiinflammatory agent.
bromelain(brō′mə-lən, -lān′) also
A proteolytic enzyme obtained from pineapples.
any of several enzymes that catalyze cleavage of proteins on the carboxyl side of alanine, glycine, lysine, and tyrosine bonds. Differing forms are derived from the fruit (fruit bromelain) and stem (stem bromelain) of the pineapple plant. The enzyme is administered orally as an antiinflammatory agent (especially to relieve swelling in the nasal and paranasal sinuses) and is also used in immunology to render red cells agglutinable by incomplete antibody.
bromelainAny trypsin-like cysteine endopeptidase enzyme (thiol protease) obtained from the fruit (EC 22.214.171.124) or stem (EC 126.96.36.199) of the pineapple (Ananas comosus); bromelain is used as an anti-inflammatory, meat tenderiser, proteolytic, to reduce oedema and, in transfusion medicine, to increase red cell agglutination in the presence of incomplete antibodies.
n a proteolytic enzyme derived from pineapples that is used as an antiinflammatory and an antiedema agent; to aid digestion; to assist in recovery from surgery and athletic injuries; to treat sinusitis, familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy, ulcerative colitis; and to increase the efficacy of antibiotics. Contraindicated for those taking anticoagulant medications, antiplatelet medications, and sedatives. See also pineapple.