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proteolysis

[proh-tee-ol-uh-sis] /ˌproʊ tiˈɒl ə sɪs/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
the breaking down of proteins into simpler compounds, as in digestion.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; proteo- (combining form representing protein) + -lysis
Related forms
proteolytic
[proh-tee-uh-lit-ik] /ˌproʊ ti əˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for proteolysis

proteolysis

/ˌprəʊtɪˈɒlɪsɪs/
noun
1.
the hydrolysis of proteins into simpler compounds by the action of enzymes: occurs esp during digestion
Derived Forms
proteolytic (ˌprəʊtɪəˈlɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from proteo- (from protein) + -lysis
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proteolysis in Medicine

proteolysis pro·te·ol·y·sis (prō'tē-ŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
n.
The hydrolytic breakdown of proteins into simpler, soluble substances, as occurs in digestion.

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