noun Biochemistry.
the breaking down of proteins into simpler compounds, as in digestion.

1875–80; proteo- (combining form representing protein) + -lysis

proteolytic [proh-tee-uh-lit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To proteolytic
World English Dictionary
proteolysis (ˌprəʊtɪˈɒlɪsɪs)
the hydrolysis of proteins into simpler compounds by the action of enzymes: occurs esp during digestion
[C19: from New Latin, from proteo- (from protein) + -lysis]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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

proteolytic pro·te·o·lyt·ic (prō'tē-ə-lĭt'ĭk)
Relating to, characterized by, or promoting proteolysis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences for proteolytic
Often such misformed proteins are targeted for proteolytic degradation.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature