chymosin

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chymosin (ˈkaɪməsɪn)
 
n
another name for rennin
 
[C20: from chyme + -ose² + -in]

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chymosin chy·mo·sin (kī'mə-sĭn)
n.
See rennin.

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chymosin   (kī'mə-sĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
See rennin.
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chymosin

protein-digestingprotein-digesting enzyme that curdles milk by transforming caseinogen into insoluble casein; it is found only in the fourth stomach of cud-chewing animals, such as cows. Its action extends the period in which milk is retained in the stomach of the young animal. In animals that lack rennin, milk is coagulated by the action of pepsin (q.v.), as is the case in humans. A commercial form of rennin, rennet, is used in manufacturing cheese and preparing junket.

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