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decarboxylase

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

noun

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


decarboxylase

/ ˌdiːkɑːˈbɒksɪˌleɪs /

noun

  1. an enzyme that catalyses the removal of carbon dioxide from a compound


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Word History and Origins

Origin of decarboxylase1

First recorded in 1935–40; decarboxyl(ate) + -ase

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