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Definition of "trypsin" [tryp•sin]

  • A pancreatic enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins to form smaller polypeptide units. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "trypsin" in a sentence
  • "Ibrahim had shown that trypsin is not present till seven or eight months of intrauterine development."
  • "The material may have come from a pig-derived enzyme called trypsin used early in development,"
  • "The proteins are chopped into smaller fragments using an enzyme called trypsin; these fragments are then vaporized, ionized, and shot through an electric field."