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coenzyme

[koh-en-zahym]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. a molecule that provides the transfer site for biochemical reactions catalyzed by an enzyme.

Origin of coenzyme

1905–10; < German Ko-enzym; see co-, enzyme
Related formsco·en·zy·mat·ic [koh-en-zahy-mat-ik, -zi-] /koʊˌɛn zaɪˈmæt ɪk, -zɪ-/, adjectiveco·en·zy·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for coenzyme

Historical Examples

  • They can usually be separated from their corresponding enzymes by dialysis, the coenzyme passing through the parchment membrane.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life

    Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

  • The best known example of a coenzyme in plant tissues is in connection with the activity of the zymase of yeast cells.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life

    Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher


British Dictionary definitions for coenzyme

coenzyme

noun
  1. biochem a nonprotein organic molecule that forms a complex with certain enzymes and is essential for their activitySee also apoenzyme
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coenzyme in Medicine

acetyl coenzyme A

n.
  1. An organic compound in which an acetyl group is attached to CoA.
  2. A compound that functions as a coenzyme in many biological acetylation reactions and is formed as an intermediate in the oxidation of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
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coenzyme in Science

coenzyme

[kō-ĕnzīm′]
  1. A nonprotein organic substance that usually contains a vitamin or mineral and combines with a specific protein, called an apoenzyme, to form an active enzyme system.
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