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zymase

[zahy-meys]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. the complex of enzymes obtained from yeast, also occurring in bacteria and other organisms, that acts in alcoholic fermentation and other forms of glycolysis.
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Origin of zymase

1870–75; < French < Greek zȳ́m(ē) leaven + French -ase -ase
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Historical Examples of zymase

  • For the alcoholic fermentation of glucose by the zymase of yeast juice two substances are also necessary.

    The Nature of Animal Light

    E. Newton Harvey

  • Hans von Euler-Chelpin isolated one part of zymase, which remains active even after heating its solution to the boiling point.

  • A comparison of the conditions of action of carboxylase and zymase has revealed several interesting points of difference.

  • Although the action of zymase may be regarded as mechanical, the enzyme cannot be produced by any other than living protoplasm.

  • Such material is far more active than the zymase obtained originally by Buchner from the expressed juice of yeast-cells.


British Dictionary definitions for zymase

zymase

noun
  1. a mixture of enzymes that is obtained as an extract from yeast and causes fermentation in sugars
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zymase in Medicine

zymase

(zīmās′, -māz′)
n.
  1. The enzyme complex in yeasts that catalyzes the breakdown of sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide.
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