- any of several classes of esterases of varying specificity that catalyze the hydrolysis of phosphoric esters.
Origin of phosphatase
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- any of a group of enzymes that catalyse the hydrolysis of organic phosphates
- Any of numerous enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of esters of phosphoric acid and are important in the absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates, nucleotides, and phospholipids and in the calcification of bone.
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