Any one of a class of proteins that are converted, in the normal course of cellular metabolism, into one or more active enzymes; also called zymogen. The conversion usually is due to a specific cleavage of a peptide bond by another enzyme, or may be due to acid.
An inactive enzyme precursor that is activated by proteolysis; a zymogen.
An inactive enzyme secreted by an epithelial cell.
any of a group of compounds that are inactive precursors of enzymes and require some change (such as the hydrolysis of a fragment that masks an active enzyme) to become active
the inactive form of an enzyme