- any of several enzymes, produced primarily by fungi and bacteria, that catalyze the hydrolysis of cellulose.
Origin of cellulase
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A cellulase from the symbiotic intestinal flagellates of termites and of the roach, Cryptocercus punctulatus.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
- any enzyme that converts cellulose to the disaccharide cellobiose
Word Origin for cellulase
C20: from cellulose + -ase
- Any of several enzymes produced chiefly by fungi, bacteria, and protozoans that catalyze the hydrolysis of cellulose.
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- Any of several enzymes produced chiefly by fungi, bacteria, and protozoans that catalyze the breakdown of cellulose. Protozoans in the guts of termites produce the cellulase needed for the termites to digest wood.
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