proenzyme

[ proh-en-zahym ]
/ proʊˈɛn zaɪm /
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noun Biochemistry.

any of a group of proteins that are converted to active enzymes by partial breakdown, as by the action of an acid or other enzyme.

Nearby words

  1. productive cough,
  2. productively,
  3. productivity,
  4. productivity bargaining,
  5. proem,
  6. proerythroblast,
  7. proerythrocyte,
  8. proestrogen,
  9. proestrus,
  10. prof

Origin of proenzyme

First recorded in 1895–1900; pro-1 + enzyme

Also called zymogen.

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British Dictionary definitions for proenzyme

proenzyme

/ (prəʊˈɛnzaɪm) /

noun

the inactive form of an enzyme; zymogen
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Medicine definitions for proenzyme

proenzyme

[ prō-ĕnzīm′ ]

n.

The inactive or nearly inactive precursor of an enzyme, converted into an active enzyme by proteolysis.zymogen

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