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[fos-fer-uh-leys, -leyz, fos-fawr-uh-, -for-]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. any enzyme, occurring widely in animal and plant tissue, that in the presence of an inorganic phosphate catalyzes the conversion of glycogen into sugar phosphate.
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Origin of phosphorylase

First recorded in 1935–40; phosphor- + -yl + -ase
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British Dictionary definitions for phosphorylase


  1. any of a group of enzymes that catalyse the hydrolysis of glycogen to glucose-1-phosphate
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Word Origin for phosphorylase

C20: from phosphorus + -yl + -ase
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phosphorylase in Medicine


(fŏsfər-ə-lās′, -lāz′)
  1. An enzyme that catalyzes the production of glucose phosphate from glycogen and inorganic phosphate.
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