[broh-muh-luhn, -leyn]
noun Biochemistry.
an enzyme, found in pineapple, that breaks down protein and is used as a meat tenderizer.
Compare papain.

1890–95; apparently bromel(in) an earlier name for the enzyme (Bromel(ia) a genus that formerly included the pineapple (see bromeliad) + -in2) + (pap)ain Unabridged
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bromelain bro·me·lain (brō'mə-lān') or bro·me·lin (-lĭn)
A peptide hydrolase obtained from pineapple used in treating inflammation and edema of soft tissues associated with traumatic injury.

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