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cellulase

[sel-yuh-leys, -leyz] /ˈsɛl yəˌleɪs, -ˌleɪz/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
any of several enzymes, produced primarily by fungi and bacteria, that catalyze the hydrolysis of cellulose.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; cellul(ose) + -ase
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British Dictionary definitions for cellulase

cellulase

/ˈsɛljʊˌleɪz/
noun
1.
any enzyme that converts cellulose to the disaccharide cellobiose
Word Origin
C20: from cellulose + -ase
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cellulase in Medicine

cellulase cel·lu·lase (sěl'yə-lās', -lāz')
n.
Any of several enzymes produced chiefly by fungi, bacteria, and protozoans that catalyze the hydrolysis of cellulose.

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cellulase in Science
cellulase
  (sěl'yə-lās')   
Any of several enzymes produced chiefly by fungi, bacteria, and protozoans that catalyze the breakdown of cellulose. Protozoans in the guts of termites produce the cellulase needed for the termites to digest wood.
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