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protease

[proh-tee-eys, -eyz] /ˈproʊ tiˌeɪs, -ˌeɪz/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolytic degradation of proteins or polypeptides to smaller amino acid polymers.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; prote(in) + -ase
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  • Molecular and biotechnological aspects of microbial proteases.
  • Serine proteases act by cleaving other proteins at specific sites.
British Dictionary definitions for proteases

protease

/ˈprəʊtɪˌeɪs/
noun
1.
any enzyme involved in proteolysis
Word Origin
C20: from protein + -ase
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Word Origin and History for proteases

protease

n.

1903, from protein + -ase. Related: Proteolysis.

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proteases in Medicine

protease pro·te·ase (prō'tē-ās', -āz')
n.
Any of various enzymes, including the proteinases and peptidases, that catalyze the hydrolytic breakdown of proteins.

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proteases in Science
protease
  (prō'tē-ās')   
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.
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