[kahy-moh-puh-pey-in, -pahy-in]
noun Pharmacology.
an enzyme derived from the tropical papaya fruit that is used in some circumstances to treat herniated disks.

1970–75; chyme + -o- + papain Unabridged
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chymopapain chy·mo·pa·pa·in (kī'mō-pə-pā'ĭn, -pī'ĭn)
A proteolytic enzyme obtained from the fruit of a tropical tree resembling papain; it is used in the treatment of herniated intervertebral disks.

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The latex of the papaya plant and its green fruits contain two proteolytic enzymes, papain and chymopapain.
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