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neu·ra·min·i·dase(no͝or′ə-mĭn′ĭ-dās′, -dāz′, nyo͝or′-)
A hydrolytic enzyme that removes sialic acid from glycoproteins and is found in many cells and viruses. It occurs on the surface of influenza viruses and enables the release of newly replicated viruses from infected cells.
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(Biochemistry) any of various enzymes, found esp in viruses, that catalyse the breakdown of glucosides containing neuraminic acid, an amino sugar
[C20: from neuramin(ic acid) (from neuro- + amine + -ic) + -ide + -ase]
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