Meaning of papain


Pronunciation: (pu-pā'in, -pī'in), [key]
— n.
  1. a proteolytic enzyme found in the fruit of the papaya tree, Carica papaya.
  2. a commercial preparation of this used as a meat tenderizer and in medicine as a digestant.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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