[noo-klee-eys, -eyz, nyoo-]
- any enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of nucleic acids.
Origin of nuclease
1900–05; nucle(ic) + -ase
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- any of a group of enzymes that hydrolyse nucleic acids to simple nucleotides
- Any of several enzymes, such as endonuclease and exonuclease, that hydrolize nucleic acids.
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