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[an-tee-en-zahym, an-tahy-]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. a substance that inhibits or counteracts the action of an enzyme.
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Origin of antienzyme

First recorded in 1900–05; anti- + enzyme
Related formsan·ti·en·zy·mat·ic [an-tee-en-zahy-mat-ik, -zi-, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˌɛn zaɪˈmæt ɪk, -zɪ-, ˌæn taɪ-/, an·ti·en·zy·mic [an-tee-en-zahy-mik, -zim-ik, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti ɛnˈzaɪ mɪk, -ˈzɪm ɪk, ˌæn taɪ-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for antienzyme

Historical Examples

  • A, an antioxidase, or antienzyme, which prevents the action of E.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life

    Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

antienzyme in Medicine


(ăn′tē-ĕnzīm′, ăn′tī-)
  1. An agent or principle, especially an inhibitory enzyme or an antibody to an enzyme, that retards, inhibits, or destroys enzymic activity.
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Related formsan′ti•en′zy•matic (-zĭ-mătĭk, -zī-) null adj.
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