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a proteolytic enzyme from the tropical tree Carica papaya, used in chemonucleolysis of a herniated disk in the lumbar region.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
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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.
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An enzyme from the milky white fluid of the papaya, used for medical purposes in chemonucleolysis.
Mentioned in: Chemonucleolysis
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