[ trans-fuh-reys, -reyz ]
/ ˈtræns fəˌreɪs, -ˌreɪz /

noun Biochemistry.

any of the class of enzymes, as the transaminases that catalyze the transfer of an organic group from one compound to another.

Origin of transferase

First recorded in 1945–50; transfer + -ase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for transferase


/ (ˈtrænsfəˌreɪs) /


any enzyme that catalyses the transfer of a chemical group from one substance to another
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Medicine definitions for transferase


[ trănsfə-rās′, -rāz′ ]


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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