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A cysteine proteinase similar to papain in specificity; on rare occasions, it is used to shrink herniated intervertebral discs as an alternative to surgery; used as a meat tenderizer. It is the major endopeptidase of papaya.
chymopapain/chy·mo·pa·pain/ (ki″mo-pah-pān´) a cysteine endopeptidase from the tropical tree Carica papaya; it catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins and polypeptides with a specificity similar to that of papain and is used in chemonucleolysis.
A proteolytic enzyme that is obtained from unripe papaya fruits and is similar to papain. It was formerly used in the United States to treat herniated intervertebral disks.
Etymology: Gk, chymos + Sp, papaya
a proteolytic enzyme isolated from the fruit of Carica papaya and related to papain. It is used in the treatment of prolapsed intervertebral or herniated disks.
An enzyme from the milky white fluid of the papaya, used for medical purposes in chemonucleolysis.
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a proteolytic enzyme (a sulfhydryl proteinase) from the tropical tree Carica papaya, used in chemonucleolysis.