Definitions for proteaseˈproʊ tiˌeɪs, -ˌeɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•te•aseˈproʊ tiˌeɪs, -ˌeɪz(n.)

  1. any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolytic degradation of proteins or polypeptides to smaller amino acid polymers.

    Category: Biochemistry

Origin of protease:

1900–05; prote (in ) + -ase

Princeton's WordNet

  1. protease, peptidase, proteinase, proteolytic enzyme(noun)

    any enzyme that catalyzes the splitting of proteins into smaller peptide fractions and amino acids by a process known as proteolysis


  1. protease(Noun)

    An enzyme that cuts or cleaves proteins.

  2. Origin: From protein + -ase.


  1. Protease

    A protease is any enzyme that conducts proteolysis, that is, begins protein catabolism by hydrolysis of the peptide bonds that link amino acids together in the polypeptide chain forming the protein.

Anagrams of protease

  1. operates


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