[ ok-si-deys, -deyz ]
/ ˈɒk sɪˌdeɪs, -ˌdeɪz /

noun Biochemistry.

any of a class of oxidoreductases that catalyze the oxidation of a substrate by molecular oxygen with the formation, in most cases, of hydrogen peroxide.

Origin of oxidase

First recorded in 1895–1900; oxide + -ase

Related forms

ox·i·da·sic [ok-si-dey-sik, -zik] /ˌɒk sɪˈdeɪ sɪk, -zɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for oxidase


/ (ˈɒksɪˌdeɪs, -ˌdeɪz) /


any of a group of enzymes that bring about biological oxidation
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Medicine definitions for oxidase


[ ŏksĭ-dās′, -dāz′ ]


Any of a group of enzymes that catalyze oxidation, especially an enzyme that reacts with molecular oxygen to catalyze the oxidation of a substrate.
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