nitrogenase

[ nahy-troj-uh-neys, -neyz, nahy-truh-juh- ]
/ naɪˈtrɒdʒ əˌneɪs, -ˌneɪz, ˈnaɪ trə dʒə- /

noun Biochemistry.

an enzyme complex that catalyzes the reduction of molecular nitrogen in the nitrogen-fixation process of bacteria.

Origin of nitrogenase

First recorded in 1930–35; nitrogen + -ase
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Medicine definitions for nitrogenase

nitrogenase

[ nī-trŏjə-nās′, -nāz′, nītrə-jə- ]

n.

An enzyme of certain bacteria that activates the conversion of nitrogen to ammonia.
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Science definitions for nitrogenase

nitrogenase

[ nī-trŏjə-nās′, nītrə-jə- ]

An enzyme of nitrogen-fixing bacteria that catalyzes the conversion of nitrogen to ammonia.
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