hexosaminidase

[hĕk′sō-sə-mĭnĭ-dās′, -dāz′]

n.

Any of at least four enzymes, each of which is the catalyst for the removal of hexose residues from specific oligosaccharides; deficiencies of these enzymes can cause certain metabolic disorders.

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