follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

carbonic anhydrase

[an-hahy-dreys, -dreyz] /ænˈhaɪ dreɪs, -dreɪz/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
an enzyme that catalyzes the reversible combination of carbon dioxide with water in red blood cells.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; anhydr- + -ase
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for carbonic-anhydrase

carbonic anhydrase

noun
1.
an enzyme in blood cells that catalyses the decomposition of carbonic acid into carbon dioxide and water, facilitating the transport of carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for carbonic-anhydrase

carbonic anhydrase

enzyme found in red blood cells, gastric mucosa, pancreatic cells, and renal tubules that catalyzes the interconversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbonic acid (H2CO3). Carbonic anhydrase plays an important role in respiration by influencing CO2 transport in the blood. The enzyme also functions in the formation of hydrochloric acid by the stomach.

Learn more about carbonic anhydrase with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for carbonic anhydrase

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for carbonic

14
18
Scrabble Words With Friends