[hahy-druh-leys, -leyz]

noun Biochemistry.

an enzyme that catalyzes hydrolysis.

Origin of hydrolase

First recorded in 1920–25; hydr-1 + -ol1 + -ase
Also called hy·dro·lyst [hahy-druh-list] /ˈhaɪ drə lɪst/.
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrolase



an enzyme, such as an esterase, that controls hydrolysis
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hydrolase in Medicine


[hīdrə-lās′, -lāz′]


An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of a substrate through the addition of water.
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