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An enzyme found in living cells that catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, a potentially harmful oxidizing agent, into water and oxygen.
cat′a·lat′ic (kăt′l-ăt′ĭk) adj.
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(Biochemistry) an enzyme that catalyses the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide
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cat•a•lase(ˈkæt lˌeɪs, -ˌeɪz)
an enzyme that decomposes hydrogen peroxide into oxygen and water.
[1900–05; catal (ysis) + -ase]
cat`a•lat′ic (-ˈæt ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||catalase - enzyme found in most plant and animal cells that functions as an oxidative catalyst; decomposes hydrogen peroxide into oxygen and water|
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
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