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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.
chy•mo•pa•pa•in(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.