-ase


a suffix used in the names of enzymes: oxidase.

Nearby words

Origin of -ase

extracted from diastase
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British Dictionary definitions for -ase

-ase


suffix forming nouns

indicating an enzymeoxidase

Word Origin for -ase

abstracted from diastase
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Word Origin and History for -ase

-ase


word-forming element used in naming enzymes, from ending of diastase.

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Medicine definitions for -ase

-ase


suff.

Enzyme:amylase.
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Science definitions for -ase

-ase


A suffix used to form the names of enzymes. It is often added to the name of the compound that the enzyme breaks down, as in lactase, which breaks down lactose. It is also added to a word describing the enzyme's activity, as in transferase, which catalyzes the transfer of a chemical group from one molecule to another, or reductase, which catalyzes the reduction of an organic compound.
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