[ fŏs′fō-dī-ĕs′tə-rās′, -rāz′ ]
Any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the cleaving of phosphodiester bonds, such as those between nucleotides in nucleic acids, to produce smaller nucleotide units or mononucleotides but not inorganic phosphate.
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