Definition of papain in English:


Line breaks: pa¦pain
Pronunciation: /pəˈpeɪɪn
, pəˈpʌɪɪn


[mass noun]
A protein-digesting enzyme obtained from unripe papaya fruit, used to tenderize meat and as a food supplement to aid digestion.
More example sentences
  • Rich in the protein-breaking enzyme papain, papaya is known to ease digestive complaints and for its anti-ulcer and antimicrobial effects.
  • Proteolytic enzymes such as papain from papaya and bromelain from pineapple are used in extract form as meat tenderizers.
  • This tropical fruit contains the enzyme papain, which researchers say aids digestion by helping your body break down proteins.


late 19th century: from papaya + -in1.

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