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[ahy-som-uh-reys, -reyz] /aɪˈsɒm əˌreɪs, -ˌreɪz/
noun, Biochemistry
any of a class of enzymes that catalyze reactions involving intramolecular rearrangements.
1940-45; isomer + -ase Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for isomerase


any enzyme that catalyses the conversion of one isomeric form of a compound to another
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isomerase in Medicine

isomerase i·som·er·ase (ī-sŏm'ə-rās')
One of a group of enzymes that catalyzes the conversion of one isomer into another.

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Encyclopedia Article for isomerase

any one of a class of enzymes that catalyze reactions involving a structural rearrangement of a molecule. Alanine racemase, for example, catalyzes the conversion of L-alanine into its isomeric (mirror-image) form, D-alanine. An isomerase called mutarotase catalyzes the conversion of alpha-d-glucose into beta-d-glucose. cf. ligase, lyase.

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