A pancreatic enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins to form smaller polypeptide units.
[Perhaps Greek trīpsis, a rubbing (from its having been first obtained by rubbing a pancreas with glycerin), from trībein, to rub; see terə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -IN.]
tryptic (-tĭk) adj.
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