noun Etymology: Greek kathepsein to digest (from kata- cata- + hepsein to boil) + English 2-in Date: 1929 any of several intracellular proteases of animal tissue that aid in autolysis

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  • cathepsin — [kə thep′sin] n. [< Gr kathepsein, boil down, soften < kata , down (see CATA ) + hepsein, boil + IN1] any of several intracellular enzymes that act as catalysts in the breakdown of protein …   English World dictionary

  • Cathepsin — A cathepsin (Union of two Greek words, kata :down and hepsein:boil) is a cysteine or aspartic protease, a type of protein that breaks apart other proteins, found in many types of cells including those in all animals. There are approximately a… …   Wikipedia

  • Cathepsin — Bändermodell des Cathepsin K. Cathepsine (auch Kat(h)epsine von griech. καθεψειν verdauen) sind Proteasen, die beispielsweise in Lysosomen, eosinophilen Granulozyten und Osteoklasten zu finden sind und einen hydrolytischen Abbau der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cathepsin — catheptic /keuh thep tik/, adj. /keuh thep sin/, n. Biochem. any of a class of intracellular proteolytic enzymes, occurring in animal tissue, esp. the liver, spleen, kidneys, and intestine, that catalyze autolysis in certain pathological… …   Universalium

  • cathepsin — noun kəˈθɛpsɪn Any of a family of proteases primarily active within lysosomes …   Wiktionary

  • cathepsin — One of a number of intracellular proteinases and peptidases (all endopeptidases) of animal tissues of varying specificities. * * * ca·thep·sin kə thep sən n any of several intracellular proteases of animal tissue that aid in autolysis in some… …   Medical dictionary

  • cathepsin — n. enzyme (produced in the liver, kidneys, intestines, and spleen) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cathepsin — ca·thep·sin …   English syllables

  • cathepsin — n. one of a group of enzymes found in animal tissues, particularly the spleen, that digest proteins …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • cathepsin — ca•thep•sin [[t]kəˈθɛp sɪn[/t]] n. biochem. any of a class of intracellular enzymes that break down protein in certain abnormal conditions and after death • Etymology: 1925–30; < Gk kathéps(ein) to digest ca•thep′tic tɪk adj …   From formal English to slang

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