- any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolytic degradation of proteins or polypeptides to smaller amino acid polymers.
Origin of protease
Examples from the Web for protease
Contemporary Examples of protease
For HIV, though, real therapy began only 18 years ago with the introduction of a class of drugs, the protease inhibitors.Let’s Not Rush to Call the HIV Baby Findings a ‘Cure’
March 5, 2013
Historical Examples of protease
The best-known example of this type of enzymes is the protease of yeast; but similar ones may be found in germinating seeds.The Chemistry of Plant Life
Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
- any enzyme involved in proteolysis
Word Origin for protease
- Any of various enzymes, including the proteinases and peptidases, that catalyze the hydrolytic breakdown of proteins.
- Any of various enzymes that bring about the breakdown of proteins into peptides or amino acids by hydrolysis. Pepsin is an example of a protease.