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nu·cle·ase

 (no͞o′klē-ās′, -āz′, nyo͞o′-)
n.
Any of several enzymes, including the endonucleases and the exonucleases, that hydrolyze bonds between nucleotides in nucleic acids.

nuclease

(ˈnjuːklɪˌeɪz)
n
(Biochemistry) any of a group of enzymes that hydrolyse nucleic acids to simple nucleotides

nu•cle•ase

(ˈnu kliˌeɪs, -ˌeɪz, ˈnyu-)

n.
any enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of nucleic acids.
[1900–05]
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Noun1.nuclease - general term for enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of nucleic acid by cleaving chains of nucleotides into smaller units
endonuclease - a nuclease that cleaves nucleic acids at interior bonds and so produces fragments of various sizes
exonuclease - a nuclease that releases one nucleotide at a time (serially) beginning at one of a nucleic acid
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions