Definitions for proteaseˈproʊ tiˌeɪs, -ˌeɪz
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pro•te•aseˈproʊ tiˌeɪs, -ˌeɪz(n.)
any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolytic degradation of proteins or polypeptides to smaller amino acid polymers.
Origin of protease:
1900–05; prote (in ) + -ase
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
An enzyme that cuts or cleaves proteins.
Origin: From protein + -ase.