Meaning of trypsin in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtrɪpsɪn/


mass noun
  • A digestive enzyme which breaks down proteins in the small intestine, secreted by the pancreas as trypsinogen.

    ‘Many people take extra doses of naturally produced enzymes, such as lactase, pepsin and trypsin, in supplement form.’
    • ‘When the two loops in trypsin were changed into chymotrypsin loops, the hybrid protein shows chymotrypsin-like cooperatvity.’
    • ‘We found that both trypsin and elastase digestion eliminated counterbend formation.’
    • ‘Selected cases were also examined with immunohistochemical stains for lipase, trypsin, and amylase.’
    • ‘They then added the enzyme trypsin to carve up the remaining proteins into small, but still recognizable fragments, or peptides.’


Late 19th century from Greek tripsis ‘friction’, from tribein ‘to rub’ (because it was first obtained by rubbing down the pancreas with glycerine), + -in.