[ pol-uh-muh-reys, -reyz ]

  1. any of several enzymes that catalyze the formation of a long-chain molecule by linking smaller molecular units, as nucleotides with nucleic acids.

Origin of polymerase

First recorded in 1955–60; polymer + -ase

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British Dictionary definitions for polymerase


/ (pəˈlɪməreɪz) /

  1. any enzyme that catalyses the synthesis of a polymer, esp the synthesis of DNA or RNA

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Scientific definitions for polymerase


[ pə-lĭmə-rās′, pŏlə-mə-rās′ ]

  1. Any of various enzymes, such as DNA polymerase, RNA polymerase, or reverse transcriptase, that catalyze the formation of sequences of DNA or RNA using an existing strand of DNA or RNA as a template.

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