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An enzyme obtained from the unripe fruit of the papaya that catalyzes the lysis of proteins, used especially as a meat tenderizer and digestive aid and formerly in medicine as a topical treatment for wounds.
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(Biochemistry) a proteolytic enzyme occurring in the unripe fruit of the papaya tree, Carica papaya: used as a meat tenderizer and in medicine as an aid to protein digestion
[C19: from papaya]
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|Noun||1.||papain - a proteolytic enzyme obtained from the unripe papaya; used as a meat tenderizer|
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
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