[dek-struh-neys, -neyz]

noun Biochemistry.

an enzyme that hydrolyzes dextran to smaller oligosaccharides: used in dentifrices to dissolve dental plaque.

Origin of dextranase

First recorded in 1945–50; dextran + -ase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

dextranase in Medicine


[dĕkstrə-nās′, -nāz′]


An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of dextran.
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