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chymotrypsin Syllabification: chy·mo·tryp·sin
Pronunciation: /ˌkīmōˈtripsən/

Definition of chymotrypsin in English:


A digestive enzyme that breaks down proteins in the small intestine. It is secreted by the pancreas and converted into an active form by trypsin.
Example sentences
  • Examples are the digestive enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin, which only have enzymatic activity after the protein chain is cut and fragments of the protein removed.
  • The completion of the sequence depended on the use of specific proteases - trypsin, chymotrypsin, and pepsin - to produce larger fragments.
  • All the three spice mixes when consumed through the diet favorably enhanced the pancreatic lipase, chymotrypsin and amylase activities.


1930s: from chymo- (combining form of chyme) + trypsin.

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