zymogen

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zy·mo·gen

 (zī′mə-jən)
n.

zymogen

(ˈzaɪməʊˌdʒɛn)
n
(Biochemistry) biochem any of a group of compounds that are inactive precursors of enzymes and are activated by a kinase

zy•mo•gen

(ˈzaɪ mə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn)

n.
any of various enzyme precursor molecules that may change into an enzyme as a result of catalytic change. Also called proenzyme.
[< German (1875); see zymo-, -gen]
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Noun1.zymogen - 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
organic compound - any compound of carbon and another element or a radical
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