[ dee-am-uh-neys, -neyz ]
/ diˈæm əˌneɪs, -ˌneɪz /

noun Biochemistry.

an enzyme that releases the amino group from a compound.

Origin of deaminase

First recorded in 1915–20; de- + amin(o)- + -ase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for deaminase


[ dē-ămĭ-nās ]


Any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of compounds containing an amino group.deaminating enzyme
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