Pancreatin is a mixture of several digestive enzymes produced by the exocrine cells of the pancreas. It is composed of amylase, lipase and protease. This mixture is used to treat conditions in which pancreatic secretions are deficient, such as pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis. It has been claimed to help with food allergies, celiac disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, and weight loss. Pancreatin is sometimes called "pancreatic acid", although it is neither a single chemical substance nor an acid.

Pancreatin contains the pancreatic enzymes trypsin, amylase, and lipase. A similar mixture of enzymes is sold as pancrelipase, which contains more active lipase enzyme than does pancreatin. The trypsin found in pancreatin works to hydrolyze proteins into oligopeptides; amylase hydrolyzes starches into oligosaccharides and the disaccharide maltose; and lipase hydrolyzes triglycerides into fatty acids and glycerols. Pancreatin is an effective enzyme supplement for replacing missing pancreatic enzymes, and aids in the digestion of foods in cases of pancreatic insufficiency.

Some contact lens cleaning solutions contain porcine pancreatin extractives to assist in the intended protein-removal process.

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  • pancreatin — pan cre*a*tin, n. [See {pancreas}.] (Physiol. Chem.) One of the digestive enzymes of the pancreatic juice. [1913 Webster] Note: By some the term pancreatin is restricted to the amylolytic ferment of the pancreatic juice (amylase), by others it is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pancreatin — [pan′krē ə tin, pan krē′ə tin] n. 1. any of the pancreatic enzymes or a mixture of these 2. a commercial preparation of pancreas extract taken from cattle or hogs, used as an aid to digestion …   English World dictionary

  • pancreatin — A mixture of the enzymes from the pancreas of the ox or hog, used internally as a digestive, and also as a peptonizing agent in preparing predigested foods; it contains the proteolytic trypsin, the amylolytic amylopsin, and the lipolytic steapsin …   Medical dictionary

  • pancreatin — n. an extract obtained from the pancreas, containing the pancreatic enzymes. Pancreatin is administered to treat conditions in which pancreatic secretion is deficient; for example, in pancreatitis …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • pancreatin — noun Date: circa 1860 a mixture of enzymes from the pancreatic juice; also a preparation containing such a mixture …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pancreatin — …   Википедия

  • pancreatin — /pan kree euh tin, pang /, n. 1. Biochem. a substance containing the pancreatic enzymes, trypsin, amylase, and lipase. 2. a commercial preparation of this substance, obtained from the pancreas of the hog or ox, and used chiefly as a digestive.… …   Universalium

  • pancreatin — noun A mixture of several digestive enzymes produced by the exocrine cells of the pancreas, composed of amylase, lipase and protease …   Wiktionary

  • pancreatin — [ paŋkrɪətɪn] noun a mixture of pancreatic enzymes obtained from animals, given as a medicine to aid digestion …   English new terms dictionary

  • pancreatin — pan·cre·a·tin …   English syllables

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