asparaginase

[ uh-spar-uh-juh-neys, -neyz ]
/ əˈspær ə dʒəˌneɪs, -ˌneɪz /

noun Biochemistry, Pharmacology.

an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of asparagine to aspartic acid and ammonia, used in the treatment of acute lymphocytic leukemia.

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Origin of asparaginase

First recorded in 1960–65; asparagine + -ase
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Medical definitions for asparaginase

asparaginase
[ ə-spărə-jə-nās′, -nāz′ ]

n.

A bacterial enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of asparagine and is used in the treatment of leukemia.
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