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 (fŏs′fə-tās′, -tāz′)
Any of numerous enzymes that catalyze the removal of phosphate groups by hydrolysis of phosphate ester bonds. They act in the opposite manner to kinases and are important in metabolism and cell signaling.


(ˈfɒsfəˌteɪs; -ˌteɪz)
(Biochemistry) any of a group of enzymes that catalyse the hydrolysis of organic phosphates


(ˈfɒs fəˌteɪs, -ˌteɪz)

any of several classes of esterases of varying specificity that catalyze the hydrolysis of phosphoric esters.
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Noun1.phosphatase - any of a group of enzymes that act as a catalyst in the hydrolysis of organic phosphates
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
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Cdc25 phosphatase was first identified in Schizosaccharomyces pombe (S.
PARIS and LAUSANNE, Switzerland, September 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ipsen (Euronext:IPN), an innovation-driven global specialty pharmaceutical Group and Debiopharm Group (Debiopharm), a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of companies with a focus on the development of prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs, announced today the signature of an agreement under which Debiopharm is granted an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialise Ipsen's first-in-class inhibitor of the CDC25 phosphatase enzyme (now Debio 0931), for the treatment of various human cancers.
The Cdc25 phosphatase family activates CDKs and stimulates cell cycle progression by catalysing removal of CDK inhibitory phosphates (Kumagai and Kornbluth, 1991).