asparaginase

asparaginase

[uh-spar-uh-juh-neys, -neyz]
noun Biochemistry, Pharmacology.
an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of asparagine to aspartic acid and ammonia, used in the treatment of acute lymphocytic leukemia.

Origin:
1960–65; asparagine + -ase

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asparaginase as·par·a·gin·ase (ə-spār'ə-jə-nās', -nāz')
n.
A bacterial enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of asparagine and is used in the treatment of leukemia.

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