[dee-kahr-bok-suh-leys, -leyz]

noun Biochemistry.

any of the class of enzymes that catalyze the release of carbon dioxide from the carboxyl group of certain organic acids.

Origin of decarboxylase

First recorded in 1935–40; decarboxyl(ate) + -ase
Also called carboxylase. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for decarboxylase



an enzyme that catalyses the removal of carbon dioxide from a compound
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decarboxylase in Medicine


[dē′kär-bŏksə-lās′, -lāz′]


Any of various enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of the carboxyl radical.
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