exopeptidase

[ ek-soh-pep-ti-deys, -deyz ]
/ ˌɛk soʊˈpɛp tɪˌdeɪs, -ˌdeɪz /

noun Biochemistry.

any enzyme that catalyzes the removal of an amino acid from the end of a polypeptide chain.

Nearby words

  1. exonumia,
  2. exonumist,
  3. exonym,
  4. exoparasite,
  5. exopathic,
  6. exoperidium,
  7. exophasia,
  8. exophiala,
  9. exophiala jeanselmei,
  10. exophiala werneckii

Compare endopeptidase.

Origin of exopeptidase

First recorded in 1935–40; exo- + peptidase

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British Dictionary definitions for exopeptidase

exopeptidase

/ (ˌɛksəʊˈpɛptɪˌdeɪz) /

noun

any proteolytic enzyme, such as erepsin, that acts on the terminal bonds in a peptide chainCompare endopeptidase
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Medicine definitions for exopeptidase

exopeptidase

[ ĕk′sō-pĕptĭ-dās′, -dāz′ ]

n.

Any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of single amino acids from the end of a polypeptide chain.

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