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-əˈlɪt ɪkpro·te·o·lyt·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proteolyticadjective

    of or relating to proteolysis


  1. proteolyticadjective

    Of, relating to, or promoting proteolysis.


  1. proteolytic

    Proteolysis is the breakdown of proteins into smaller polypeptides or amino acids. Uncatalysed, the hydrolysis of peptide bonds is extremely slow, taking hundreds of years. Proteolysis is typically catalysed by cellular enzymes called proteases, but may also occur by intra-molecular digestion. Proteolysis in organisms serves many purposes; for example, digestive enzymes break down proteins in food to provide amino acids for the organism, while proteolytic processing of a polypeptide chain after its synthesis may be necessary for the production of an active protein. It is also important in the regulation of some physiological and cellular processes including apoptosis, as well as preventing the accumulation of unwanted or misfolded proteins in cells. Consequently, abnormality in the regulation of proteolysis can cause disease. Proteolysis can also be used as an analytical tool for studying proteins in the laboratory, and it may also be used in industry, for example in food processing and stain removal.


  1. proteolytic

    Proteolytic refers to the enzymatic process of breaking down or degrading proteins into their smaller components, such as peptides or amino acids. This process is carried out by enzymes known as proteases. The term can also be used to describe substances or compounds that are capable of initiating this protein breakdown.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proteolyticadjective

    converting proteid or albuminous matter into soluble and diffusible products, as peptones

  2. Etymology: [Proteid + Gr. to loose.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proteolytic

    prō-tē-ō-lit′ik, adj. converting food material into protein.—n. Proteol′ysis. [Proteid, Gr. lyein, to relax.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proteolytic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proteolytic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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