Definition of proteolytic in US English:

proteolytic

adjective

Biochemistry
  • See proteolysis

    • ‘Similar proteinases catalyse the proteolytic processing of these proteins and contribute to their complete breakdown during germination and seedling growth.’
    • ‘Most notably, there are the proteolytic enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin, which our bodies make.’
    • ‘The biochemical degradation of proteins through hydrolysis of peptide bonds is caused by the action of proteolytic enzymes or proteases.’
    • ‘Fibrinogen and its proteolytic cleavage product, fibrin, are critical plasma proteins with multiple functions in blood clotting.’
    • ‘With age and any degenerative condition, serum levels of proteolytic enzymes are at a much lower concentration.’

Pronunciation

proteolytic

/ˌprōdēəˈlidik//ˌproʊdiəˈlɪdɪk/