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Meaning of ENZYME

Pronunciation:  'enzIm

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions

ENZYME is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 See Also: accelerator, active site, ADA, adenosine deaminase, amylase, beta-lactamase, catalase, catalyst, cholinesterase, chymosin, coagulase, complement, Cox, cyclooxygenase, decarboxylase, de-iodinase, disaccharidase, enterokinase, fibrinolysin, histaminase, hyaluronidase, Hyazyme, isomerase, kinase, lipase, lysozyme, MAO, monoamine oxidase, muramidase, nitrogenase, nuclease, oxidase, oxidoreductase, papain, penicillinase, pepsin, pepsinogen, peptidase, phosphatase, plasmin, polymerase, protease, protein, proteinase, proteolytic enzyme, reductase, rennin, secretase, SOD, spreading factor, streptodornase, streptokinase, superoxide dismutase, telomerase, transferase, trypsin, zymase



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\En"zyme\, n. [Pref. en- (Gr. ? in) + Gr. ? leaven.]
(Physiol. Chem.)
An unorganized or unformed ferment, in distinction from an
organized or living ferment; a soluble, or chemical, ferment.
Ptyalin, pepsin, diastase, and rennet are good examples of

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A protein that speeds up chemical reactions in the body.
 Definition: A protein that acts as a catalyst, speeding the rate at which a biochemical reaction proceeds but not altering the direction or nature of the reaction.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: beta-amylase, carbohydrase, coenzyme, deoxyribonuclease, digestant, digester, digestive, esterase, holoenzyme, insulinase, lipase, lipoxidase, pepsin, polynucleotidase, protease, proteolytic enzyme, ribonuclease, saccharase, saccharifying enzyme