papain, papainase

A cysteine endopeptidase, or a crude extract containing it, obtained from papaya latex. It has esterase, thiolase, transamidase, and transesterase activities, and is used as a protein digestant, meat tenderizer, and to prevent adhesions. It had been used to liquify contents of herniated intervertebral discs so that these contents could be removed by aspiration. SYN: papayotin.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • papainase — ə̇ˌnās, āz noun ( s) Etymology: papain + ase : any of several proteinases (as papain, ficin, bromelin) that are found in plants, are activated by reducing agents (as cysteine, glutathione), and are inactivated by oxidizing agents (as hydrogen… …   Useful english dictionary

  • papainase — pa·pa·in·ase pə pā ə .nās, pə pī ə , .nāz n any of several proteases (as papain, ficin, and bromelain) that are found in plants, are activated by reducing agents (as cysteine or glutathione), and are inactivated by oxidizing agents (as hydrogen… …   Medical dictionary

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