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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ki'mo-pap-a'in

Definition: A cysteine proteinase similar to papain in specificity; on rare occasions, it is used to shrink herniated intervertebral discs as an alternative to surgery; used as a meat tenderizer. It is the major endopeptidase of papaya.

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