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pro·te·ase

 (prō′tē-ās′, -āz′)
n.
Any of various enzymes, including the endopeptidases and exopeptidases, that catalyze the hydrolytic breakdown of proteins. Also called peptidase.

protease

(ˈprəʊtɪˌeɪs)
n
(Biochemistry) any enzyme involved in proteolysis
[C20: from protein + -ase]

pro•te•ase

(ˈproʊ tiˌeɪs, -ˌeɪz)

n.
any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolytic degradation of proteins or polypeptides to smaller amino acid polymers.
[1900–05; prote (in) + -ase]

pro·te·ase

(prō′tē-ās′)
Any of various enzymes that bring about the breakdown of proteins into peptides or amino acids by hydrolysis. Pepsin is an example of a protease.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.protease - any enzyme that catalyzes the splitting of proteins into smaller peptide fractions and amino acids by a process known as proteolysis
caspase - any of a group of proteases that mediate apoptosis
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
angiotensin converting enzyme, angiotensin-converting enzyme, ACE - proteolytic enzyme that converts angiotensin I into angiotensin II
plasminogen activator, urokinase - protease produced in the kidney that converts plasminogen to plasmin and so initiates fibrinolysis
renin - a proteolytic enzyme secreted by the kidneys; catalyzes the formation of angiotensin and thus affects blood pressure
Translations

protease

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