cathepsin

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ca·thep·sin

 (kə-thĕp′sĭn)
n.
Any of various enzymes found in animal tissue that catalyze the hydrolysis of proteins into smaller proteins.

[German Kathepsin, from Greek kathepsein, to digest : kat-, kata-, cata- + hepsein, to boil.]

cathepsin

(kəˈθɛpsɪn)
n
(Biochemistry) a proteolytic enzyme responsible for the autolysis of cells after death
[C20: from Greek kathepsein to boil down, soften]

ca•thep•sin

(kəˈθɛp sɪn)

n.
any of a class of intracellular enzymes that break down protein in certain abnormal conditions and after death.
[1925–30; < Greek kathéps(ein) to digest]
ca•thep′tic (-tɪk) adj.