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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.

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(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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Transforaminal posterolateral endoscopic discectomy with or without the combination of a low-dose chymopapain: a prospective randomized study in 280 consecutive cases.
The extract has essential bioactive compounds like papain, chymopapain, and caricain, which treat nausea and improve digestion.
The magic is in the enzymes papain, a natural digestive enzyme that breaks up foods irritating the stomach and chymopapain, which help break down proteins and soothe the stomach by promoting a healthy acidic environment.
Its fruits, stems, leaves, and roots are used in a wide range of medical applications, including the production of two important bioactive compounds (chymopapain and papain), which are widely used for digestive diseases [19-21].
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CPLE has shown to contain many active components that increase the total antioxidant activity in blood and reduce lipid peroxidation, such as papain, chymopapain, cystatin, tocopherol, ascorbic acid, flavonoids, cyanogenic - glucosides, and glucosinolates.
Pawpaw is a rich source of enzymes known as papain and chymopapain which have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties [15].
What does it do: The sap of the fruit contains two enzymes, Papain and Chymopapain, the minerals iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium; vitamins A, B complex, and C.
Disc degeneration models in the eligible studies included needle puncture (8 studies, 72.73%), nucleus pulposus aspiration (2 studies, 18.18%), and chymopapain induction (1 study, 9.09%).
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