zymogen

[ zahy-muh-juh n, -jen ]
/ ˈzaɪ mə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /
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noun Biochemistry.

any of various enzyme precursor molecules that may change into an enzyme as a result of catalytic change.

Nearby words

  1. zyklon,
  2. zymase,
  3. zyme,
  4. zymo-,
  5. zymodeme,
  6. zymogenesis,
  7. zymogenic,
  8. zymogenic cell,
  9. zymologic,
  10. zymology

Origin of zymogen

< German (1875); see zymo-, -gen

Also called proenzyme.

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British Dictionary definitions for zymogen

zymogen

/ (ˈzaɪməʊˌdʒɛn) /

noun

biochem any of a group of compounds that are inactive precursors of enzymes and are activated by a kinase
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Medicine definitions for zymogen

zymogen

[ zīmə-jən ]

n.

proenzyme

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