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pol·y·mer·ase(pə-lĭm′ə-rās′, -rāz′, pŏl′ə-mə-)
Any of various enzymes, such as DNA polymerase, RNA polymerase, or reverse transcriptase, that catalyze the formation of polynucleotides of DNA or RNA using an existing strand of DNA or RNA as a template.
(Biochemistry) any enzyme that catalyses the synthesis of a polymer, esp the synthesis of DNA or RNA
pol•y•mer•ase(ˈpɒl ə məˌreɪs, -ˌreɪz)
any of several enzymes that catalyze the formation of a long-chain molecule by linking smaller molecular units.
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|Noun||1.||polymerase - an enzyme that catalyzes the formation of new DNA and RNA from an existing strand of DNA or RNA|
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
DNA polymerase - the enzyme responsible for DNA replication
reverse transcriptase - a polymerase that catalyzes the formation of DNA using RNA as a template; found especially in retroviruses