[kahr-bok-see-pep-ti-deys, -deyz]

noun Biochemistry.

any of several digestive enzymes that catalyze the removal of an amino acid from the end of a peptide chain having a free carbonyl group.

Nearby words

  1. carboxylate,
  2. carboxylation,
  3. carboxylic acid,
  4. carboxyltransferase,
  5. carboxymethylcellulose,
  6. carboy,
  7. carbro process,
  8. carbs,
  9. carbuncle,
  10. carbuncled

Origin of carboxypeptidase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for carboxypeptidase


[kär-bŏk′sē-pĕptĭ-dās′, -dāz′]


An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of a terminal amino acid from the end of a peptide or polypeptide that contains a free carboxyl group.

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