[ noo-klee-eys, -eyz, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu kliˌeɪs, -ˌeɪz, ˈnyu- /
any enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of nucleic acids.
PRACTICE SOME ESCAPISM WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
We salute you if you remember all the doovers from Word of the Day between May 25 and May 31!
Question 1 of 7
Origin of nuclease
1900–05; nucle(ic) + -ase
Words nearby nuclease
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for nuclease
/ (ˈnjuːklɪˌeɪz) /
any of a group of enzymes that hydrolyse nucleic acids to simple nucleotides
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medical definitions for nuclease
[ nōō′klē-ās′, -āz′ ]
Any of several enzymes, such as endonuclease and exonuclease, that hydrolize nucleic acids.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.