active site


noun Biochemistry.

the part of an enzyme that interacts with the substrate during catalysis.

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Origin of active site

First recorded in 1960–65
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Medical definitions for active site

active site

n.

The part of an enzyme molecule at which catalysis of the substrate occurs.
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Scientific definitions for active site

active site

The part of an enzyme where the catalytic activity on the substrate takes place. See more at enzyme.
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Cultural definitions for active site

active site

The part of an enzyme or antibody where a chemical reaction occurs.

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