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coenzyme

[ koh-en-zahym ]
/ koʊˈɛn zaɪm /
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noun Biochemistry.
a molecule that provides the transfer site for biochemical reactions catalyzed by an enzyme.

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Origin of coenzyme

1905–10; <German Ko-enzym;see co-, enzyme

OTHER WORDS FROM coenzyme

co·en·zy·mat·ic [koh-en-zahy-mat-ik, -zi-], /koʊˌɛn zaɪˈmæt ɪk, -zɪ-/, adjectiveco·en·zy·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use coenzyme in a sentence

  • Antioxidants like vitamins C and E, alpha-lipoic acid, and coenzyme Q10 offer skin cells extra protection from sun damage.

  • They can usually be separated from their corresponding enzymes by dialysis, the coenzyme passing through the parchment membrane.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
  • The best known example of a coenzyme in plant tissues is in connection with the activity of the zymase of yeast cells.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

British Dictionary definitions for coenzyme

coenzyme
/ (kəʊˈɛnzaɪm) /

noun
biochem a nonprotein organic molecule that forms a complex with certain enzymes and is essential for their activitySee also apoenzyme
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Scientific definitions for coenzyme

coenzyme
[ kō-ĕnzīm′ ]

A nonprotein organic substance that usually contains a vitamin or mineral and combines with a specific protein, called an apoenzyme, to form an active enzyme system.
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