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cellulase

[sel-yuh-leys, -leyz]
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noun Biochemistry.
  1. any of several enzymes, produced primarily by fungi and bacteria, that catalyze the hydrolysis of cellulose.
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Origin of cellulase

First recorded in 1900–05; cellul(ose) + -ase
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Historical Examples

  • A cellulase from the symbiotic intestinal flagellates of termites and of the roach, Cryptocercus punctulatus.

    The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches

    Louis M. Roth


British Dictionary definitions for cellulase

cellulase

noun
  1. any enzyme that converts cellulose to the disaccharide cellobiose
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Word Origin

C20: from cellulose + -ase
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cellulase in Medicine

cellulase

(sĕlyə-lās′, -lāz′)
n.
  1. Any of several enzymes produced chiefly by fungi, bacteria, and protozoans that catalyze the hydrolysis of cellulose.
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cellulase in Science

cellulase

[sĕlyə-lās′]
  1. 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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