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ligase

[ lahy-geys, -geyz ]
/ ˈlaɪ geɪs, -geɪz /
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noun Biochemistry.
any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the joining of two molecules by formation of a covalent bond accompanied by the hydrolysis of ATP.
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Origin of ligase

1961; <Latin lig(āre) to tie, bind + -ase
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British Dictionary definitions for ligase

ligase
/ (ˈlaɪˌɡeɪz) /

noun
any of a class of enzymes that catalyse the formation of covalent bonds and are important in the synthesis and repair of biological molecules, such as DNA
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Medical definitions for ligase

ligase
[ līgās′, -gāz′ ]

n.
Any of a class of enzymes, including the carboxylases, that catalyze the linkage of two molecules, generally utilizing ATP as the energy donor.synthetase
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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