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Any of numerous compounds that are produced by living organisms and function as biochemical catalysts. Some enzymes are simple proteins, and others consist of a protein linked to one or more nonprotein groups.

[German Enzym, from Medieval Greek enzūmos, leavened : Greek en-, in; see en-2 + Greek zūmē, leaven, yeast.]

en′zy·mat′ic (-zə-măt′ĭk), en·zy′mic (-zī′mĭk, -zĭm′ĭk) adj.
en′zy·mat′i·cal·ly, en·zy′mi·cal·ly adv.


(ˌɛnzaɪˈmætɪkəlɪ) or


(Microbiology) in the manner of enzymes
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M2 PHARMA-February 2, 2018-DNA Script Partners with DCC to Enable Enzymatically Synthesized DNA
Enzymatically synthesized lactose monodecanoate (LMD) and lactose monolaurate (LML) exhibit greater microbial inhibitory properties against Gram-positive bacteria than lactose monomyristate (LMM) and lactose monooctanoate (LMO).
They are naturally occurring carbohydrates that WACKER produces enzymatically from plant-based raw materials such as corn or potatoes.
After MORAb-202 enters the target cancer cells, the linker is enzymatically cleaved, separating eribulin, the payload, from the antibody.
Scientists have uncovered an enzymatically modified rice bran that has been shown to increase NK-cell activity by up to 84%.
Enzymatically measured creatinine concentration (Roche Diagnostics, COBAS 8000) was significantly decreased 24 h after admission (Table 1), inconsistent with clinical features and blood urea nitrogen concentration.
These linkers include: hydrazones--releasing the drug in acidic conditions within lysozomes of the target cells; peptides--hydrolyzed enzymatically by lysosomal proteases; and disulfides--undergo intracellular reduction reactions.
Xiapex is a combination of two purified clostridial collagenases for injection that enzymatically disrupts the contracting cord and collagen plaque and reduces the contraction.
There is very limited information regarding the effects of enzymatically hydrolyzed yeast (EHY) cell wall components on growth performance of feedlot cattle, particularly during period of high ambient temperature to which a majority of feedlot cattle will be exposed during some portion of the growing-finishing period.
Due to its moderate hydrophobicity, APPS penetrates effectively into the dermis, the third skin layer, where it is then enzymatically converted to ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
Acetobacter and Gluconobacter can oxidize ethanol to acetic acid enzymatically with alcohol dehydrogenase (first oxidized to acetaldehyde then to acetate with aldehyde dehydrogenase).
According to the company, Xiapex (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) is a combination of two purified clostridial collagenases for injection that enzymatically disrupts the contracting cord and reduces the contraction.