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 (kī′mō-pə-pā′ĭn, -pī′ĭn)
A proteolytic enzyme that is obtained from unripe papaya fruits and is similar to papain. It was formerly used in the United States to treat herniated intervertebral disks.


(ˌkaɪ moʊ pəˈpeɪ ɪn, -ˈpaɪ ɪn)

an enzyme of the papaya that is capable of breaking down protein: used to dissolve cartilage in the treatment of herniated disks.
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Spinal Therapies, White Bear Lake, MN Reintroducing CHYMOPAPAIN, the only proven minimally-invasive therapy for herniated discs; allows nuclear regeneration
This cost-effectiveness issue has been examined empirically by Norton (1986), who studied the costs of surgical disc removal by both excision and use of chymopapain (an enzymatic lytic agent) in workers' compensation claimants in Oregon.
This first attempt to define prevalence rates of papain hypersensitivity in people with allergies is significant for its possible relationship to chemonucleolysis--the injection of chymopapain to dissolve herniated lumbar disks.
also recorded two important compounds called chymopapain and papain, which are supposed to aid in digestion.
The main phytochemicals of papaya latex are the proteolytic enzymes, papain and chymopapain (Brocklehurst and Salih, 1984).