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[trans-fuh-reys, -reyz]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. any of the class of enzymes, as the transaminases that catalyze the transfer of an organic group from one compound to another.
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Origin of transferase

First recorded in 1945–50; transfer + -ase
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British Dictionary definitions for transferase


  1. any enzyme that catalyses the transfer of a chemical group from one substance to another
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transferase in Medicine


(trănsfə-rās′, -rāz′)
  1. Any of various enzymes that catalyze the transfer of a chemical group, such as a phosphate or an amine, from one molecule to another.
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