- a copper-containing enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of monoamines. Abbreviation: MAO
Origin of monoamine oxidase
First recorded in 1950–55
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- biochem an enzyme present in nerve tissue that is responsible for the inactivation of neurotransmittersAbbreviation: MAO
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- An enzyme in the cells of most tissues that catalyzes the oxidative deamination of monoamines such as serotonin.
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